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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.

  • Ohio_deputy_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Retleo

  • My_pics_max50


    over 3 years ago


    there we go again another example of government misuse. thats how the police department gets the bad name grow up and blend in.

  • Wolf_avitar_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I say ABOUT TIME !!!!

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow, something I actually agree with, and it's with a diehard liberal. Amazing.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Infuriates me, its all been said by the many wise people posting before me.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Retleo.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There have also been stories on the local New York metro area TV stations about NYC politicos using red llights and sirens on their non-police vehicles so that they can avoid geting stuck in traffic while going about their business. This type of abuse is rampant and definitely should be stopped. If you ain't the PoPo then you don't get the lights, siren or placards.....Nuff said!

  • Esu_patch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The placard thing has gotten really out of control here in NY.So many politicians with them, so many made up ones from fake agencies. Just about very city agency issues some type of placard. NYPD parking permits that used to be distributed at the precinct level are now issued by Internal Affairs after you fill out an application. They also made it a disciplinary issue if you use your permit while off duty. Any parking summons issued to a car that has an officers parking permit in the window has to have the permit number recorded on the summons so IAB can issue a command discipline. Also IAB Sgts now ride around in DOT tow trucks specifically to tow cars with police permits in them. Its turned into a real mess here. Amazing how the NY daily news which has its own restricted parking areas on city streets with its own permits and specialized license plates so they can park where ever runs a story like this,,,,,

  • Btjustice_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Long over due ! I park like everyone else has to ... circle around the block or park in a parking garage ... I even received parking tickets in New Jersey and New York City because I lapsed into a period of restricted parking. I do what most everyone else does, PAY THE TICKET !

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump TLeeworth and ocoigligh. It's about time.

  • Imag0190_max50


    over 3 years ago


    If you are not the Police, you shouldn't be able to park wherever. I've been yelled at several times, while in official capacity, because I parked my cruiser in a "No Parking Zone" to investigate an Injury Accident.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    And is anyone surprised that the Daily News uncovered widespread misuse of the placards by politicians???

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