Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking the first steps in cutting back on a cushy political perk: permits that allow city workers to park in no parking zones.
The city has got to clean up its act before it it introduces congestion pricing," said former city Transportation Commissioner Sam Schwartz.
Schwartz is thriled with the mayor's congestion-pricing plan, but what he really likes is that Bloomberg also intends to strip thouands of city workers of their "park-on-city-streets-free" parking permits to help unclog the streets.
"They park with impunity," Schwartz said. "They illegally park all over the City Hall area, parts of Midtown, parts of the meatmacking district. Government workers have taken over these communites. They block lanes, causing trucks to double park."
Sources say the mayor is currently studying how many of the estimated 150,000 permits should be eliminated, but a tour of lower Manhattan on Tuesday told the tale.
"Lower Manhattan has become the Wild West of parking," Schwartz said. "Everybody violates the law."
Thanks to "Ring" for the scoop.