City Council Speaker Quinn's response to NYPD Parade Permit

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"With Nov. 27 coming, this is what you'll get when you email City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on the revised NYPD Parade Permits. We're being bunched in with pedestrians, motor vehicles and animals gathering in groups:

""Thank you for writing to me to share your views on the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) proposed regulations defining when and under what circumstances individuals and groups must apply for parade permits.

As you may know, in July of this year, the NYPD proposed a number of changes to the city’s parade permit rules that would have required pedestrians and cyclists to obtain parade permits for many activities that currently do not require such permits. I have tremendous respect for the NYPD and the lengths to which the Department goes to ensure that the city is safe. However, I found the proposed regulations to raise serious legal and practical issues. In particular, I thought the proposed rules were overly broad, difficult to put into practice, and would unnecessarily restrict free _expression. I was pleased that, after hearing my concerns, the NYPD agreed to withdraw its proposed rules and to reconsider its proposal.

After an extensive review, the NYPD issued a new proposal on October 18, 2006. The proposed rule would require permits for the following groups:

? A group of ten or more pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles or other devices moved by human power, or ridden or herded animals proceeding together upon any public street or roadway for more than two city blocks in a manner that does not comply with applicable traffic laws, rules and regulations; or

? A recognizable group of 30 or more vehicles, bicycles or other devices moved by human power, or ridden or herded animals proceeding together upon any public street or roadway.

The NYPD's newly proposed regulations for when and what activities will require parade permits are a substantial improvement over the regulations proposed earlier this year. Recognizing that it is difficult to balance the protection of civil liberties with the need for public order, I believe that the newly proposed rules have struck a better balance than those rules proposed by the NYPD in July. However, I hope that the NYPD will carefully consider all the comments that they receive during this public comment period, and be open to suggestions from you and other concerned individuals and groups of ways to better balance the competing interests at stake.

I have enclosed for you a notice of opportunity to comment on this proposed rule. I would encourage you to share your views directly with the NYPD, and, if you are interested, to testify at the hearing on November 27, 2006. We support your efforts to encourage bicycles and other human-powered vehicles (HPV) as alternatives to vehicular transportation.

Thank you again for sharing your views with me. I look forward to working with you in the future to ensure that the city is as HPV friendly as possible.""


Christine C. Quinn


New York City Council


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steve chabra (not verified)

"""Councilwoman Mendez to Speak Against Proposed Parade Permit Changes at November 27th Hearing:

Councilwoman Mendez has expressed her disappointment at the NYPD’s new proposed changes to the parade permit regulations, which will affect such peaceful assemblies as protests, funeral processions, group bicycle rides and walking tours. The Councilwoman had hoped that the NYPD’s new revisions, introduced after this summer’s proposal drew much public outcry, would protect New Yorker’s right to free assembly. Instead, she feels the proposed changes, introduced on October 18th, are still far too restrictive.

Councilwoman Mendez believes that requiring most groups to seek a permit for sidewalk marches and vehicle processions is an infringement to our first amendment rights. New Yorkers should not have to compromise their right to free assembly for the sake of preserving the public peace. Additionally, requiring that groups obtain a permit, which must be purchased from the City, places a financial burden on these groups; economic means should not dictate one's ability to exercise their right to free speech.

Councilwoman Mendez will be speaking out against the amendment at the NYPD's November 27th hearing, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the 1st floor auditorium at 1 Police Plaza. If you want to testify on this important civil liberties issue, please write NYPD Assistant Deputy Commissioner Thomas P. Doepfner, 1 Police Plaza Room 1406, New York, NY 10038. Those unable to attend the hearing may submit written testimony at the same address.""

this, excerpted from ""Councilwoman Mendez November 2006 E-Newsletter"".

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

Could City Council Speaker Christine Quinn be trying to build political capital? One explanation why the mayor has not stepped into this fray is his understanding that you have to pick your battles, weigh what is essential and what is not. Christine Quinn is responsible for the continued Gansevoort trash transfer station agreement which results in garbage trucks crossing the Hudson River Bike Path. Although the trucks should have to make a full stop before crossing the path, I have a sinking feeling that someone will be seriously injured or die with this arrangement. Trucks should pass under or over the path. I don't think Christine Quinn feels cyclists' votes stand in the way of her political future.

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Josh (not verified)
explanation, my eye sight is not so good

"Can someone explain to me how this new version is a ""substantial improvement""?"

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