From the Queens Chronicle:
Parking placard abuse among public employees is a huge problem in downtown Jamaica, impeding commerce and frustrating shoppers who circle for what seems like forever to find a spot. But legislation that aims to curb the illegal activity is drawing big support from Queens City Council members, and the sponsors hope it will come up for a vote by early spring.
On Feb. 2, City Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill which would require parking placards to have a barcode, making it easier for traffic enforcement agents to confirm their validity. It is before the Transportation Committee.
“The bill was introduced on the council floor a couple of months ago and it peaked my interest,” said City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). “I had been seeing news reports about placard abuse and heard stories about how people were copying them when they have no right to use them. I think the bill is a good first step to make sure that placards are valid and used appropriately.”
When contacted by the Chronicle this month all 14 Queens City Council members said they are in favor of the bill with the exception of Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who remains undecided, and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
“The council member is going to wait until the hearing before she decides how she will vote,” Crowley’s chief of staff, Lydon Sleeper, said in an email.