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City Council Pushes Alternate Side Parking Reform

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The City Council is looking to change the city's notorious alternate side parking regulations, but it's a change the de Blasio administration is not gearing up for. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

It's a tradition of the urban car owner: double parking and waiting.

"I am waiting for 10 o'clock for the alternate side to be over with," one New York driver said.

"I came out at 8:30 and I have to stay with the car until ten," another said.

Waiting for 90 long minutes is how some navigate the city's alternate side parking regulations.

Drivers stake out a coveted spot and sit, sometimes long after the sweeper has gone and the street has been cleaned.

"I don't think it's worth waiting until 10 o'clock because of a technicality. I think you should be able to park and move on with the day," another driver said.

Members of the City Council agree.

"Once the street is clean, we should have people be allowed to park there," said Brooklyn City Councilman Chaim Deutsch.

The Council is considering legislation that would allow drivers to park once a street sweeper passes by—shaving off minutes from the hour-and-a-half alternate side window.

"We are talking about working class and middle class to save probably millions of millions of dollars that they are wasting spending their time inside of their car when they would like to be with their family, sleeping, doing business," said Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

"The department appreciates the intent of the bill to make on-street parking available more quickly for motorists, but respectfully opposes the bill," said Paul Visconti of the Sanitation Department.

That is because, changing the rules, members of the de Blasio administration argue, could be messy.

"That vehicle equipped with a GPS, let's say, goes around the block—it doesn't mean the block is clean. We want to reserve the right to come back around the block and clean the street. The bottom line is to get the curb clean," Visconti said.

"I know it's difficult sometimes to embrace change as a policy maker, but I think that it's not—it's not that crazy," said Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield.

A vast majority of City Council members have signed onto this legislation and those supporters say they are confident it will move forward.

Any change, these drivers say, would be worth waiting for.

"It almost feels like a part-time job to handle our car so any change where they could lessen the hours or even lessen the number of days would be welcome in our house," said another driver.

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