Gentile and Golden haggle over metered parking bragging rights

Two-hour parking is coming to Bay Ridge — and everyone wants credit for it!

Legislators and business owners are rejoicing over the city’s plan to install extended parking meters on Third and Fifth avenues in Bay Ridge, while clamoring for bragging rights over whose political and civic muscle did the heavy lifting.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) fired off a press release to celebrate the day the changes were announced.

“The New York City Department of Transportation has responded to [my] request, and has approved [the] meters,” he crowed.

But, within a matter of hours, Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) came out with his own release — taking the credit.

“Councilman Gentile has successfully persuaded Department of Transportation Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri to install two-hour parking meters along Third and Fifth avenues by April of this year,” the release stated.

Each pol also promptly parked the other’s bluster.

“We all love to jump on the bandwagon don’t we?” scoffed Gentile, who said he had pushed for the measure since last December, but didn’t recall Golden’s input until the eleventh hour. “He probably got the directive this morning and decided to jump on the bandwagon.”

Golden spokesman John Quaglione was quick to reverse the claim.

“It’s not a debatable fact, our letter [to the city] was sent in October,” he bristled. “We’ve been asking for it for a couple years.”

But the gloating didn’t faze the good-natured businessman who is actually responsible for leading the charge.

“If they want to take the credit, that’s fine,” said Joseph Loccisano, owner of Rocco’s Pizzeria on Fifth Avenue. “The benefit is going to the community.”

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow his tweets at twitter.com/dsmacleod.

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