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Lawsuit Challenges Passaic City Fee For Handicapped Parking

Handicapped Parking (file / credit: clipart.com)

Handicapped Parking (file / credit: clipart.com)

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PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - The city of Passaic has been hit with a lawsuit challenging an ordinance that charges residents a $50 annual fee for the use of handicapped parking spots, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

Attorney Edward Kopelson said the measure, which passed in April, is illegal.

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“Handicapped parking is something which is required to be provided by governments by the Americans with Disablities Act,” Kopelson said.

Kopelson said he believes the $50 fee places an unnecessary financial burden on disabled residents, who are expected to absorb the cost “to help the budget of Passaic.”

He said he will contest the ordinance, and the old state law that allows for the charge, in court.

This ordinance is just one in a string of measures that attempt to curb financial woes and boost revenues for the city.

Other measures included elimination of free Sunday parking and charging insurance companies for emergency response calls to building fires and car accidents.

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