Hasidic Williamsburg residents are upset that many of their cars were ticketed and/or towed during the Passover holiday.
One Williamsburg community leader argued that this didn’t make sense and that the ticketing was insensitive to those celebrating the holiday because many were unable to move their cars during the holiday.
City officials argue that they did indeed suspend alternate side of the street rules and that these tickets were issued for other violations like parking in a no parking zone.
Assuming the tickets written were otherwise fair tickets, I tend to agree with the city on this one. Accommodations were made to respect the holiday once alternate side of the street parking was suspended for April 19, 20, 25 and 26. All residents had to do to take advantage was park in an otherwise legal spot. The holiday isn’t an excuse to park wherever you want.
Submitted by Scott Feifer, Esq.