It's an eternal truth in our city, Mayor de Blasio has said — come hell or high water, parking meters will remain in effect.
But City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) wants to change that — proposing legislation that would take the city’s Muni-Meters out of service whenever alternate-side parking is suspended for snow.
Greenfield said his bill would end a longstanding hassle for motorists.
“You’ve got to climb a mountain of snow to get to a Muni-Meter,” he said. “If we get piles that are 3, 4, 5 feet high, you can’t even get to a meter.”
“I’ve gotten tons of complaints about this,” he said.
While alternate-side-parking rules are routinely suspended to clean up after storms, parking meter rules are almost always left in effect — a pronouncement city officials have grown used to repeating over and over at storm briefings.
Officials say they want curbs clear, especially in commercial areas where meters are more often in effect, to help with snow removal. They also say turnover in parking spots is crucial to local businesses.
De Blasio spokeswoman Marti Adams said the administration would review the Greenfield bill. Sanitation Department spokesman Vito Turso said his agency would also take a look, but would most likely “oppose the bill since the department needs access to the curbs in order to effectively clear snow.”