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Williamsburg Residents Protest New Parking Regulations

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Some Brooklyn residents gathered yesterday to protest a change in parking regulations, which they say is causing major headaches in their neighborhood.

Residents in Williamsburg say the Department of Transportation changed signs along Kent Street over the weekend without notice, from alternate-side parking to no standing.

As a result, they say some 90 cars in the heavily-Hasidic area were ticketed Saturday, because their owners could not move them due to religious observances.

The DOT says the move is part of a bike project approved by the local community board. But residents say they need the old rules restored.

"That means no cars can stop here anytime," said State Senator Eric Adams at yesterday's protest. "There is a handicapped school down the block where over 100 children are. Parents are not allowed to stop and let their children come out. This was poorly done, and clearly didn't take into account the make up of this community."

"Say she misses the bus and I want to take her to school, I'm not even allowed to stop here?" said a resident. "It's not right."

"The bikes aren't more important than the people living here," said another. "When you come from the grocery store with your bags, you have to walk from Ninth Avenue with your bags because a bicycle wants to go to Long Island City?"

The DOT says it did provide advanced notice of the change, but it will dismiss the summonses handed out this weekend.

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