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.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process.
She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand.
Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall. But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks. Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation. Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance. Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.
The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies. Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue.