It wasn’t a good moment to be the only member of the City Council who turned down an official parking pass, which allows members to park virtually anywhere.
Councilman Tony Avella was racing to Kopperfields restaurant in Bay Ridge, where one of the few groups supporting his insurgent mayoral campaign was gathering.
He circled the block in his Toyota Corolla looking for parking. Then he circled again. Finally he found a metered spot about six blocks from the bar.
“The moment that you don’t do what the ordinary person does in their daily lives, and you start acting like you’re above it, then you become a politician, and I hate politics,” Mr. Avella explained, as he clamped the steering wheel with the Club. “Hate it.”