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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CALLS FOR DOT POLICY CHANGE TO REDUCE CARS TOWED DUE NYC ROADWORK

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 2, 2017

Contact: John Quaglione (917) 232-2966

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CALLS FOR DOT POLICY CHANGE TO REDUCE CARS TOWED DUE NYC ROADWORK

Quaglione calls for at least 48 hour notification for non-emergency roadwork

Brooklyn - City Council Candidate John Quaglione (R-43rd District) today has sent an email to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, calling on the New York City Department of Transportation to adopt a policy change that would require at least 48 hour notice prior to any non-emergency street repair work, in an effort to reduce unknowing residents from having their cars towed.

Quaglione is calling for this change after hearing from residents of Colonial Road in Bay Ridge who have twice, in as many weeks including this afternoon, been subjected to less than 24 notification. In two instances, including today,"TOW AWAY ZONE No Parking Road Repair 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM" warning signs were placed on street poles in the late afternoon of the day before. This afternoon, DOT posted signs around 3PM, approximately 15 hours before the road work is to begin at 6 AM tommorrow, which will inevitably lead to cars being towed again, as was the case last Thursday. John Quaglione stated, "This afternoon, neighbors are again reaching out to me about how such lack of notice is not fair to the people who may not use their car everyday, or people who park far from their home. Unfortunately, those folks will have their cars towed again tomorrow morning from Colonial Road like they did last week. I agree with the neighbors and do believe that a Department of Transportation policy change is needed. That is why this afternoon, I wrote to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of the Department of Transportation requesting that for any non-emergency DOT roadwork, a minimum of 48 hours should be given in advance of towing."

"My campaign for City Council is about real solutions to improving the quality of life in our community and in New York City. This is such a change that would do just that. With more notification, less cars would be towed, residents would be more fairly treated, and the streets will get paved all the same."

uaglione is a candidate in the 43rd Council District which includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst.  The seat is currently being vacated by a term limited member of the Council.

Nathaniel Soule