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Central Park No Longer a Parking Lot for City Employees

5th_ave.jpgAccording to a Streetsblog tipster, the Parks Dept. is finally cracking down on the numerous employees who have turned sections of Central Park into a parking lot. Below is a broadcast e-mail from Parks Dept. Assistant Commissioner and Senior Counselor Jack Linn to Parks Dept. employees. I have a call in to the Parks Dept. to verify this e-email. Here is the message that was reportedly sent out on Friday:

-----Original Message-----From: Parks Dept. Assistant Commissioner Jack LinnSent: Fri 8/3/2007 12:04 PMTo: Broadcast MessageSubject: East Drive Parking Permits

All employee parking permits for Central Park's East Drive are hereby revoked, effective August 15, 2007. If you believe your circumstances justify having a permit for parking, you must reapply by filling out one of the usual forms available in my office.

As always, your request must be endorsed by a Commissioner or Chief on the line provided on the application form.

Anyone who does not now have a permit but feels justified in requesting one may also apply at this time.

However, we intend to reduce the overall number of vehicles on the East Drive, so any request for a permit may be denied, whether it is a request for a renewal or for a first-time permit.

And, of course, you can find lots more on this issue at UncivilServants.org.  

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