De Blasio eases brakes on alternate side parking plan

Every day, drivers across New York double-park their

Every day, drivers across New York double-park their cars as street sweepers pass by, a practice known as alternate-side parking. A new bill before the City Council could change the dance.

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Drivers, Mayor Bill de Blasio feels your parking pain.

After sanitation department officials showed concern about Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez's bill to relax alternate side parking rules, de Blasio Tuesday said the effort was "commendable."

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"He's trying to find a way to reduce the amount of time that people idle or circle or wait when they could return to a parking space once the street is clean," de Blasio said. "So I think his vision is a good vision."

At a council hearing Monday, sanitation officials said letting people park after a street has been cleaned but before parking rules expire would hamstring street cleaning efforts.

"We have to figure out if we can find a way to make it practical. And I will certainly work constructively with [Rodriguez] on it," de Blasio said.

Rodriguez said he looks forward to hammering out the details of the legislation.

With Emily Ngo

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