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City Council Passes Bill To Change Alternate-Side Parking Rules

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- If you are one of the New Yorkers who have to juggle alternate-side-of-the-street parking, this bill is for you.

City Council passed a measure Thursday that could mean one less day a week of having to move your car to facilitate street cleaning. Alternate-side parking regulations are currently used in 54 of the city's 59 community districts.

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Under the bill, if a community keeps its streets clean for two consecutive years and gets a 90 percent cleanliness grade, the local community board would have the option of reducing its street cleaning to once a week.

Councilman Brad Lander said the bill would relieve a tremendous burden from city residents. He said that for many people the parking regulations mean "organizing an enormous part of your life around moving your car and getting a parking spot."

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stressed Thursday that it was up to each community to make its own decision on the matter.

"We're not saying to a neighborhood 'you have to have less street cleaning and less alternative-side-of-the-street parking.' We are saying you have that option," Quinn said.

However, A number of council members think their communities would opt for cleaner streets rather than one day less of alternate side angst.

SOUND-OFF: Would you prefer to see alternate-side parking down to one day a week? Share your thoughts in the comments section...

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