NEW YORK (WPIX)—The City Council is set to approve a set of bills on Monday that would ease parking regulations in the five boroughs.
One bill, sponsored by Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), will create a five minute-grace period for alternate side of the street parking and muni-meters, which issue printed and time-stamped parking vouchers that drivers place on their dashboards.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said earlier this year that the bill would leave the city with "absolutely no ability to collect parking meter payments" and would impede on street cleaning.
But Councilman Felder claims that 10 percent of alternate side parking tickets, which total to about 300,000 tickets annually, are issued within five minutes of the cut-off time. He says traffic agents' aggressive behavior in this case illustrates that the city is using parking laws to just raise revenue.
The other bill, sponsored by Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) would increase the number of parking permits to clergy members.
Currently, only vehicles owned by a religious institution qualify for parking permits. The Department of Transportation has issued about 400 clergy parking permits.
But Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), who is chair of the Transportation Committee and City Comptroller-elect, said the clergy bill would allow part- and full-time clergy members to obtain parking permits for their own cars too.
Though Mayor Bloomberg is expected to veto both bills, the City Council may have enough votes to override his vote.
Two other parking bills, which will call for the city to issue written notices before altering parking rules and wait 30 days before adjusting meter rates, are expected to gain the Mayor's approval.
Councilman Peter Vallone (D- Astoria) said he is in the process of writing a bill that would protect double-parked drivers who are waiting to pull into a parking spot that someone is leaving.