City Hall has traced the most recent attempt at misuse of placards by employees in the municipality and shut down the NYPD unit for the purpose of enforcing the most recent crackdown.
Officials said Friday they covered 111 positions dedicated to placard implementation and zeroed the unit’s 5.4 million annual budget – more than a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio fully encouraged the effort.
Explaining the budget cut, City Hall spokeswoman Laura Fire said, “There’s no need for a dedicated unit anymore because we’re increasing application coverage by introducing new technologies and other advances that allow a TEA to do this more seamlessly,” said City Hall spokeswoman Laura Fire. Without budget cuts.
Effectively disrupts permanent efforts – cuts are assumed to be effective for at least the next four years.
The De Blasio administration also acknowledged in response to a question submitted Friday morning that officials had deported only five placards from city workers in de Blasio’s three-strike policy for placard misuse, another final policy announced at City Hall’s February 2019 crackdown.
Another 389 city workers are expected to receive warning letters this week, Fire said. This is just a small part of the more than 125,000 parking placards in circulation in New York City.
Placards are expected to be used only to make on-duty personnel of city and state agencies work more efficiently where most other drivers are prohibited from leaving the vehicle.
But over the years, city employees have been using the system year after year to turn sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus lanes and permanent zones into permanent parking for their vehicles.
Placards de Blasio sat at the center of pay-to-play charges against donors Jeremy Reichberg and Jonah Rentitz – one of the biggest corruption scandals in NYPD and City Hall in recent years – and has left New York so frustrated that it Even a Twitter account inspired Dedicated to exposing placard abuse.
Officials responded by promising corruption allegations year after year that they would eventually get serious about the problem.
This happened once again in February 2019, when City Hall announced its then-crackdown and raised the issue of creating new units, “dedicated to the implementation of the targets of the Placard Rules.”
“This dedicated team will focus on special hot spots in Lower Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn, two areas most plagued by placard abuse,” the press release added.
But like other crackdowns, it ended 17 months later – with a return to normalcy.