PASSAIC, N.J -- Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora took to Facebook last night with a video message to city residents saving parking spots by plunking down items such as chairs.
“I just want to share something with you,” Lora said, standing next to green plastic chair that left about three open spaces behind it. “This is not your space. This is not your space. I don’t know how else to make the point. I am going to try to add a little humor to this,” he added,” picking up a bag up nacho chips and setting it down on the chair.
The show-and-tell was meant to demonstrate one thing: “this is nacho space.”
Lora said he was going to order the Department of Public Works to pick up any space savers on public property.
“You do not own spaces on public property,” Lora told city residents in the video. “There better be no chairs around schools. We have teachers, professionals that need to park.”
He said he understood it would be a culture change in the city, and thanked whoever left the green chair on street for their “donation” before he took it away, leaving room for about four cars.
A call to the mayor's office wasn't immediately returned.
Lora said in the video that people can come pick up their chairs at the Department of Public Works. Otherwise, they would be considered donations.
“Passaic, c’mon. We can do better than this.”