FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF CHANGES IN PARKING REGULATIONS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next two bills before me today, Introductory Numbers 1017-A and 1076-A increase public awareness of changes in parking regulations.
"Introductory 1017-A, sponsored by Council Members Felder, Gentile, Fidler, James, Mealy, Nelson, Palma, Seabrook, Stewart, Weprin, Gerson, Vacca, White, Liu, de Blasio, Dickens, Vallone, Eugene, Gennaro, Koppell, and Recchia, requires the Department of Transportation, following any permanent changes in parking regulations, to post notice in the area where the changes will take place. This notice will serve as an affirmative defense in the event that a Traffic Enforcement Agent issues a summons within five days of when the Department changed the restrictions. The changes will also be posted on the Department’s web site. The bill also requires separate notice to be posted as soon as possible regarding temporary changes to parking regulations that occur as a result of road repairs and film shoots, as well as seven days before any street fair or parade that is permitted by the Mayor’s office.
"Introductory 1076-A, sponsored by Council Members Gentile, Vacca, Vallone, Comrie, Dilan, Felder, Fidler, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Palma, Sanders, Seabrook, Stewart, Weprin, Gerson, Nelson, Mendez, Jackson, White, Liu, Eugene, Gennaro, and Recchia, requires the Department of Transportation to send to the local Council Member and community board written and electronic notification at least thirty days in advance of when the Department plans to change the rates of local parking meters — or if the Department plans to change certain single meters to Muni-meters.
"I would like to thank Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
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