At last night's Common Council meeting, when the discussion turned to the local law that would create a parking permit system for the beleaguered residents around the hospital, Alderman Rick Rector (First Ward) asked a tangentially related question: "Has the City stopped booting?" Police commissioner Gary Graziano confirmed that it had, "at the direction of the mayor."
The law enabling a car to be booted if there were three or more unpaid parking tickets associated with it was passed in 2011. Prior to that, there needed to be five or more unpaid parking tickets before action could be taken, and that action was impounding (i.e., towing) the car. It is not known if impounding cars with unpaid parking tickets has also been suspended at the direction of the mayor.
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