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The City of Syracuse is working on legislation that would prohibit the booting of unauthorized vehicles on private property.  Syracuse Police First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile says the problem seems to have reached a boiling point in the past couple months.

"We became aware of it because we were called to situations where booting has occurred by private citizens.  We were called there because there were verbal altercations."

…and a fear that it could escalate.


  People trying to find a parking place in Syracuse can go high tech and use a new mobile phone app.  The service called Whoosh will also let you pay for that parking right from your phone.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the service today – and it’s already up and running.  Drivers can just open the app on their phones right after they’ve parked the car.

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Those caught parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane in Syracuse will have to shell out twice as much in fines starting July 1st.    The hefty $40  penalties are among nearly three dozen increases in parking fines approved by common councilors Tuesday.   Parking in a handicap parking spot without a permit will get you a $75 ticket, up from $50.  However, nearly all of the other fines increased by only $5.  Councilor Nader Maroun says they haven’t changed since 1997.