April 27, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The planned reduction of alternate street side parking days in Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 will not go on as announced last year.
The plan, hailed as a “victory for drivers” and announced in July 2017 by Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn), would have reduced alternate side parking restrictions from four to two days per week in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
While there was no set date for the implementation, the city said it was operating on a 12-month timeline to get the new signage up on North Brooklyn streets.
But a DSNY spokesperson told the Greenpoint Post that the plan to reduce alternate street side parking frequency has been placed on hold, with the current cleaning schedule remaining.
The reason, the spokesperson said, has to do with Community Board 1’s street cleanliness scorecard dropping below 90 percent—lower than the acceptable rating needed to implement the reduction.
“Street cleanliness scores fell below 90 percent for six consecutive months in fiscal year 2018,” the spokesperson said. “This fall in street cleanliness caused concern that any reduction in alternative side parking, which is needed for street sweeping, would lead to more trash accumulation in streets and further unsanitary conditions in Community Board 1.”
DSNY said it will continue to work with Community Board 1, local elected officials, and community leaders on sanitation issues in the neighborhoods.
Lentol has push for alternate street side parking reductions for years, and received a positive response from the city in 2017, given North Brooklyn’s clean streets rating rising above 90 percent for two consecutive years. “The Mayor’s office said they are ‘absolutely implementing’ ASP reductions,” Lentol said last year.
He added: “I know that North Brooklynsites will keep the area clean because reducing the number of ASP days has been one of my constituent’s biggest requests.”
Lentol’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Update 5/1, 12:30 p.m. with statement from Lentol: “I met with the Department of Sanitation and was told that our cleanliness score has gone down over the past six months. I am hopeful that our cleanliness score will increase. We really need a community effort to bring this much-needed reduction in ASP days. I strongly believe that the community will come together and make the reduction a reality.”