City pushes for leniency in parks violations

The city is pushing to make laws surrounding offenses made at city parks more lenient.

The city is pushing to make laws surrounding offenses made at city parks more lenient. (4/21/17)

PELHAM BAY PARK - The city is pushing to make the punishment of offenses made at city parks more lenient.

The New York City's Parks Department says it wants to eliminate misdemeanor offenses as a penalty for offenses committed at parks and instead replace them with violations.

Currently, being in a park after hours or littering can land someone with a misdemeanor charge, according to the city.

The department says it wants to change that as a way to ease up the heavily burdened court system in the city.

Offenders will simply pay a $200 fine or spend a night in jail depending on the severity of the violation.

Residents say they approve the proposal because it’s easier on tax payers. 

A public hearing will be held about the matter on Saturday. 

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