From the Daily News:
CITY MOTORISTS who try to save parking spaces using garbage cans could lose not only their spots but also their cans.
With the practice growing rampant in parts of Queens after repeated snowstorms, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is exploring legislation that would allow the city to confiscate garbage cans or other objects blocking parking spaces.
"The people who are breaking the rules will run out of material to reserve their spots," said Crowley (D-Middle Village).
Using objects to unofficially reserve street parking is illegal, according to the city Department of Transportation.
Crowley submitted a request in the Council yesterday to explore the possibility of allowing the Sanitation Department to confiscate obstructions.
"It's first-come, first-served, and I don't think that people who have parked in a particular spot have any more right than anyone else," she said.
Crowley said she understands the plight of residents who have shoveled out their spots but noted that doesn't make it right.
"It's not fair and I have no tolerance. The person doing that is breaking the law," she said.