Muni Meter Legislation

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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby Jillian » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:08 pm

City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. introduced legislation this May, called Int. 860-2012. This legislation would exempt certain vehicles with “a dashboard that is not capable of being fully enclosed”, like motorcycles, from purchasing muni-meter time.

The bill is now in the transportation committee. As we discussed at August's meeting, we're going to try to get 1-on-1 meetings with the committee's members.

We need TF members or supporters to join us. Who can help?

Gale A. Brewer District 06 UWS Manhattan Democrat


Daniel R. Garodnick District 04 Upper East Side, Central Park South, Grand Central, Tudor City, Waterside, Peter Cooper Village, Carnegie Hill, Stuyvesant Town, United Nations; part of Yorkville, Turtle Bay Manhattan Democrat


David G. Greenfield District 44 Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst Brooklyn


Vincent M. Ignizio District 51 Arden Heights, Annadale, Bay Terrace, Tottenville, Oakwood, Great Kills, Richmondtown, Charleston, Rossville, New Sprinville, Eltingville, Woodrow, Richmond Valley, Huguenot, Princes Bay, Pleasant Plains Staten Island Republican


Peter A. Koo District 20 Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale; part of Whitestone Queens Republican


G. Oliver Koppell District 11 Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Woodlawn, Norwood, parts of Bedford Park, Wakefield and Bronx Park East. Bronx Democrat


Jessica S. Lappin District 05 Lenox Hill, Yorkville, Sutton Place, Turtle Bay Manhattan Democrat


Darlene Mealy District 41 Parts of Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush and Crown HeightsBrooklyn Democrat


Ydanis A. Rodriguez District 10 Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill. Manhattan Democrat


Deborah L. Rose District 49 St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Snug Harbor, Livingston, New Brighton, Randall Manor, West Brighton, Silver Lake, Clove Lakes, Westerleigh, Clifton, Concord, Rosebank, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Mariners Harbor Staten Island Democrat


Eric A. Ulrich District 32 Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Woodhaven Queens Republican


James Vacca District 13 CHAIRPERSON Pelham Parkway North and South, Pelham Bay, Country Club, City Island, Throggs Neck, Allerton, Morris Park Bronx Democrat


James G. Van Bramer District 26 Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, and Maspeth. Queens Democrat
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby vesparado » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:20 pm

what do you need?
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby Jillian » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:47 pm

What is important now is that transportation committee members know that we want them to support this bill, that it makes sense, and that we want a hearing and a vote. If we do not do this, the bill will never get a hearing and it will die. Especially if your councilman is on the transport committee, write them now. Here's some boilerplate you can use & modify:

Council[gender] [Name]:

It is my understanding that City Council bill Int 0860-2012, allowing motorcycles & scooters to park free at Muni-Meters (since they have no place to display a receipt), has been referred to the Transportation Committee.

Would it be possible to arrange a meeting to discuss this legislation, and see if it can get a hearing & vote this fall? I live in [your district #] and have always appreciated your advocacy for sensible legislation here.

Since tickets aren't able to be secured inside our vehicles, they are subject to theft, weather damage, and simply not being spotted by traffic agents. Many riders face steep fines for parking receipts which they are unable to properly display - a fault of the design of the Muni-Meters, unfortunately. Int 0860 will eliminate this unfair burden on riders.

Thanks again,
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[your home address]
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And if you get good feedback, or a call - PM me or any NYMSTF officer. We'll help you set up a meeting where we can pitch the legislation together.

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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby vesparado » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:48 pm

I emailed Peter Vallone Jr who sponsored the bill and asked what the status is.
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby Jillian » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:28 am

Yep, there's been quite the media blitz! Int-0860 has legs... let's keep this campaign going!


New York Times "Councilman Proposes a Bill to Let Motorcyclists Park for Free"
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/nyreg ... f=nyregion

NY1: "Motorcyclists Claim it is Hard to Attach Muni-Meter Receipts to Bikes"
http://www.ny1.com/content/transit/1705 ... s-to-bikes

Daily News: "Motorcyclists -- Including some Queens Politicians -- are Revving Mad over 'Unfair' Parking Tickets"
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/que ... bled=false

DNAInfo: "Motorcycles Should Park for Free, Bike-Loving Pols Say"
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2012101 ... how/279210
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby Jillian » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:43 pm

Our direct-contact campaign is in full swing.

District 6, Gale Brewer, UWS was flyered last week. We were CC'd on 11 e-mails from local riders who got our e-mail or flyer on their bike. The letters were clear, well-written, and well-argued.

District 4, Dan Garodnick, starts this week. We still need more volunteers to flyer, so if you can help, chime in.

I think our next move will be Vacca's district in the Bronx. What do you think? :ear:
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby vesparado » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:29 pm

what about CB2 and 4?
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby Jillian » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:08 pm

Hmm... not sure what you're asking. CB2 and 4 are community boards that we got motorcycle-only parking for. But they're not involved in the City Council process, really. They're great allies, but I don't know how much help they could be in this campaign.
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Re: Muni Meter Legislation

Postby vesparado » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:31 pm

So I message Debi Rose, my council member and the co-sponsor of this legislation on FB about the status of the bill. Her answer:

"Its sitting in the transportation committee and there must be two hearings on it before it is voted on out of committee. There have been no hearings on the proposed legislation as of yet."
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