Monday, May 21, 2007

Downtown placard abuse

The abuse of parking placard privileges by city workers is "out of control," and seriously hurting business and the quality of life downtown, a city councilman charged yesterday.


Stu Loeser, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg, noted that the mayor has "consistently" told city workers not to abuse their placard privileges. Loeser also reiterated that the city is collecting data about the number of placards issued, with an eye toward addressing the problem.

Hey Bloomie, maybe you can start cracking down on that instead of placing a commuter tax on workers in the outer boroughs.

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Anonymous said...

I know, it's crazy! Everyone in lower Manhattans parks wherever they please and none of them get tickets.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a specific mention in any "congestion" law that may or may not get passed that eliminates any exemptions for police officers. It's bad enough that they get free parking year-round in many parts of Manhattan (and Queens too), they shouldn't also get the free pass that allows them to drive in w/o paying like the rest of us will have to.

Before anyone goes off on a tangent about our "Finest," this has nothing at all to do with what they do for a living. This has to do with technically illegal perks that are overlooked and affects the quality of life for those who live and work in the areas where these officers park all day w/o authorization.