City Council Overrides Bloomberg, Bans Awful Sanitation Stickers

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For the past several months, drivers whose rushed or sloppy parking impeded the work of New York’s street cleaners met a prompt and sticky fate. Their cars were slapped with neon-yellow shame stickers, almost impossible to remove. According to owners, some cars were left “permanently defaced.” In February, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution banning the stickers, but noted clean-freak Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the measure. 

But today, the City Council officially and unanimously overrode the mayor’s veto. The enforced ban will finally rid the streets of bright-yellow shame and the gummy, tacky residue it leaves behind. As the councilman-crusader at the head of the banning effort said, “Hands down, this is the most popular piece of legislation I have introduced.”

While our own Matthew Shaer proposed the council and the Sanitation Department find a stickiness middle-ground — somewhere in between a Post-it note and super glue — in the end, the politics proved too divisive. Christine C. Quinn, the council speaker, had gotten slapped with a sticker herself, and tried for days to remove it.

But today, she was jubilant. “Our law will put an end to these unnecessary scarlet letters, once and for all.”

City Council Overrides Bloomberg on Stickers Ban