Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Parking Placards

Serial City Parking Permit Abuser Snagged by Streetsblog Placard “Crackdown” Smackdown

10:37 AM EST on December 7, 2017

The Human Resources Administration says it took this city car away from a serial placard abuser. But what about the next staffer who drives it?

There's one less NYC employee abusing a parking placard.

After Streetsblog published photos of a Human Resources Administration employee repeatedly stowing a city-owned vehicle in no parking zones in Inwood, the agency says it has taken action.

“We take the misuse and abuse of city parking privileges seriously," HRA spokesperson Lourdes Centeno told Streetsblog in an email. "Despite multiple warnings, this employee continued to violate the privilege and as a result we’ve taken away the vehicle.”

Centeno said the agency is pursuing additional disciplinary action against the employee, whom HRA declined to identify.

Of course it's possible the vehicle in question will be used by another staffer who will just pick up where the first placard abuser left off. As long as NYPD ignores parking rule violators -- many of whom are cops -- and Mayor de Blasio hands out placards like candy, misuse by city employees will remain a problem.

Word is the mayor didn't mention placard abuse at a Wednesday closed-door meeting with traffic enforcement agents, which is further evidence that de Blasio's so-called "crackdown" is about as genuine as a New York State Numismatic Agency permit.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Activists Renew Push For Redesign of Fourth Ave. in Bay Ridge

But where is Council Member Justin Brannan when cyclists and pedestrians need him? He's been AWOL on this issue.

February 26, 2024

Monday’s Headlines: Flaco, We Hardly Knew Ye Edition

The only story that anyone wanted to talk about was the death of Flaco the owl, but there was plenty of other news.

February 26, 2024

DOT Spins Bus- and Bike-Lane Failure as ‘Streets Plan’ Success

The agency quietly released its required status report on the Streets Plan, which shows massive shortcomings that DOT downplayed.

February 26, 2024

Greenpoint Woman Dies from Injuries Sustained in Crash

The driver's RAM truck had been nabbed by city speed cameras 26 times since 2018, including nine times last year.

February 25, 2024

Congestion Pricing Opponents Are Blocking Disabled Access to Mass Transit, Politicians Charge

Just as the MTA begins speeding up new elevator construction, congestion pricing opponents are poised to stop it.

February 23, 2024
See all posts