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Syracuse Common Council will vote on prohibiting booting of cars parked on private property

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The Syracuse Common Council will vote Monday on whether people can continue booting cars on private property.

The Syracuse Common Council will vote Monday on prohibiting people from booting vehicles parked on private property. First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile with the Syracuse Police Department said it is a public safety issue as they have received calls on arguments over the booting.

“There’s no doubt that eventually you will have a physical alteration over one of these bootings," Cecile said. "The second reason was, there were no regulations whatsoever as far as fines, they could charge anything they wanted.”

Cecile said owners of private lots should have the vehicles towed rather than booted.

"The car is gone; the owner has to deal with the tow company," Cecile said. "The fees are set and they are set by the police department so people know what they are paying.”

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she supports the legislation. If it passes, violators would be subject to a $500 fine or 60 days in jail. 

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.