Saturday, October 15, 2011
Bill to reduce parking space saving
From the Forum:
With parking a precious commodity throughout the city, it has become customary for residents in some neighborhoods to save parking spots in front of or near their houses with traffic cones or garbage cans. Removing those items and parking in the spot often leads to retribution—slashed tires or smashed windows.
There is a bill in the City Council that aims to mitigate the issue. Introduced by Council Members Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Letitia James (D-Brooklyn), the proposed law would allow the city to remove garbage cans—the most common method to save spots—left on public streets.
According to Lydon Sleeper, chief of staff for Crowley, the bill was introduced after witnessing problems around the 104th Precinct. Although there are fines for saving spots, he noted, “People were saving spots that weren’t necessarily in front of their house.” This can lead to homeowners receiving tickets for saving a spot, when it was actually their neighbor who planted the garbage cans in front of the house.
Crowley has also looked at different ways to register garbage cans so there is greater accountability to ticket individuals saving spots.