Council rejects booting fee increase, approves parking meter fines
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Common Council May 15, unanimously rejected a resolution to increase vehicle booting fees by $40, but approved the increase of fines for parking meter violations by $2. Vehicle owners with three or more outstanding parking tickets for more than 45 days are eligible to have their vehicle booted, according to the city code. The owner must pay a $110 fee to have that boot removed. Booting was temporarily suspended more than two years ago, but the city has now chosen to pursue the practice again because hundreds of vehicle owners have failed to pay their fines, Chief L. Edward Moore said at the council meeting. “Some vehicles ... that parking agents go by owe over $1,000. In some cases it’s close to $2,000,” Moore said. The vote to change the city code and increase parking meter violation fines from $8 to $10, passed on a vote of 6 to 3, with 1st Ward Alderman Kamal Johnson, 2nd Ward Alderman Tiffany Garriga and 3rd Ward Alderman Calvin Lewis Jr. voting against the measure. Ed. note: Johnson is an active WGXC programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.