Washington Heights, NY – RealEstateRama – October 29th, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Introduced two bills aimed to help New Yorkers and essential workers during these challenging times. The first bill is in relation to suspending parking violations issued to essential workers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “No monetary liability shall be imposed upon essential workers for any parking violation issued from the effective date of the COVID-19 state disaster emergency through September 30, 2020. For any violation issued during this period, it shall be an affirmative defense that the owner or operator of such vehicle was at the time of violation an essential worker.”
The second bill would suspend certain civil penalties for violations related to parking meters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many New Yorkers, especially the low-income, Black, and Latino communities cannot afford to pay fines they might have accumulated during the City’s lockdown. The bill states that “No monetary liability shall be imposed for any parking meter violation issued from the effective date of the COVID-19 state disaster emergency through September 30, 2020. Upon the presentation of suitable evidence, as determined by the hearing examiner, the hearing examiner shall waive all monetary liability for such violation.”
These bills have a specific timeline in which New Yorkers and essential workers could have certain parking tickets suspended. Council Member Rodriguez continues to stress his commitment to decrease vehicle traffic and car ownership in the City and to keep taking actions to help New Yorkers get through these financially difficult times.
Contact: Tomas Garita | 646-847-6714 |