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NY State Officials Losing Police Parking Placards

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 08, 2011

ALBANY – Nearly 1,500 state officials are losing their special police parking placards that allow them to park nearly anywhere in the city.

The Cuomo administration Thursday announced that from now on, the only state employees eligible for the “official police business” placards are members of the state police.

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Lawmakers and other state officials will now have to settle for a more generic “official business” placard that would further restrict where they can park.

“They may have to circle the block [like everyone else],” said Howard Glaser, Cuomo state operations director.

Under the new rules unveiled by Glaser and Inspector General Ellen Biben, the number of police placards handed out will drop to 261. That’s down 84% from the current 1,730 police placards.

The Daily News reported exclusively Wednesday that Biben had uncovered widespread misuse of police parking placards by lawmakers and other state officials.

Now, nonpolice state officials will have to apply for a more restrictive “official business” pass – and explain why they are needed.

The placards will be tied to specific license plates so they can’t be passed around.


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