Thursday, February 17, 2011

City Council Members Meet with Richmond Hill Indo-Caribbean Community Leaders

Last week, Council Member James Vacca (D-Bronx), chair of the Committee on Transportation, joined Council Member Ruben Wills, Council Member Leroy Comrie and business leaders from the Indo-Carribbean community and the Lefferts Blvd. neighborhood to discuss recent transportation issues affecting Southeast Queens.

Council Member Vacca joined Council Member Wills and Council Member Comrie in announcing a budget agreement reached between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council that prevents a parking meter rate hike which was set to take effect in all neighborhoods outside of Manhattan’s Central Business Core as early as the week of January 10.

The hike, which would have raised the outer-borough meter rate from .75 cents per hour to $1 per hour, would have represented the second increase in meter rates in only 18 months and struck yet another blow to struggling mom-and-pop commercial districts.