“I don’t believe that elected officials should have any special privileges beyond what the average citizen has,” Avella said.
Parking is a major problem in Queens, and allowing elected officials to use the placard is sending the wrong message, he said. Avella said several of his colleagues park in front of fire hydrants and buses, as well as make copies of the placard and allow their spouses to use them.
Politicians should have trouble finding a parking spot just like everyone else, the state senator said.
“I don’t think any elected official should get this,” Avella said. “It’s hard for the average traffic enforcement agent to take on an elected official.”
He recently introduced a bill that would make all parking placards issued by New York required to have a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their validity. “As parking becomes harder and harder in the city of New York, this will become a bigger issue,” he said.