City pushes for leniency in parks violations

PELHAM BAY PARK -

The city is pushing to make laws surrounding 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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