Binghamton Mayor Richard David is directing the City Police Department to crack down on violators of the alternate side of the street winter parking rules.

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In a statement from the Mayor's Office, the Republican asks residents for their cooperation to allow public works crews to be able to plow and salt roads during the significant snow storm that is expected to drag into the evening of February 2.

The Mayor says, "Vehicles parked illegally and blocking plow routes will be ticketed or towed."

Residents are encouraged to move vehicles into driveways, public garages or lots at City parks.

From December to March 15, motorists are required to park on the even-numbered side of the street for even-numbered calendar days, moving their vehicles to the odd side of the street for the next day by 5 p.m.

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The reason for alternate side of the street parking in municipalities like Binghamton and Johnson City is to allow snow removal apparatus and emergency vehicles to be able to navigate already narrow streets that may be further compromised by piles of snow at the curb.

The City is asking people who see illegally-parked vehicles on their street to contact Binghamton Police at (607) 723-5321.

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