Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Marty Golden

Will the State Senate Ethics Committee Investigate Marty Golden’s Placard Abuse?

2:37 PM EST on December 15, 2017

State Senator Marty Golden

New Yorkers are demanding an official probe into State Senator Marty Golden's alleged impersonation of a police officer using his city-issued parking placard.

The incident first went public Monday night, when Brooklyn resident Brian Howald posted about it on Twitter. Golden flashed his city-issued placard, claimed he was a cop, and threatened to take Howald to a precinct after he refused to exit a bike lane to make way for Golden’s chauffeured Cadillac, Howald says.

Golden doesn't deny that he was the passenger Howald encountered in the bike lane. But he has not admitted to impersonating an officer with his placard, which is a crime. Instead, Golden has personally attacked Howald in public statements.

State Senator Elaine Phillips
State Senator Elaine Phillips chairs the ethics committee.
State Senator Elaine Phillips

The Senate Ethics Committee, chaired by Long Island Republican Elaine Phillips, could launch an investigation into Golden's behavior.

An online petition posted by “People United for a Little Less Corruption in South Brooklyn” calls on Phillips and Democrat Michael Gianaris, the committee's ranking member, to conduct “a full investigation” into Golden’s “alleged misconduct.” As of this writing petitioners are close to their goal of 200 signatures. You can sign here.

Streetsblog contacted Phillips's office earlier today asking if she will launch an ethics investigation and hold a hearing on Golden's conduct. We have yet to receive a reply.

Despite public outrage over Golden's actions and a wave of media coverage, city officials have shown no inclination to act. NYPD said it is not investigating the claim that Golden impersonated a police officer. Mayor de Blasio, who could revoke Golden's parking placard, has said nothing publicly about a state senator with a horrendous driving record continuing to put the public at risk. Streetsblog queries to City Hall and NYPD about Monday's incident have gone unanswered.

The Daily News reported today that Golden reached a $750,000 settlement with the estate of Hariklia Zafiropoulos, the 74-year-old woman he fatally injured with his SUV in 2005.

The lawsuit accused Golden of "negligence and recklessness." NYPD filed no charges and blamed the victim for the collision.

In Albany, Golden has repeatedly blocked the expansion of speed cameras for NYC. The city's existing camera enforcement program has cited Golden's car for 10 violations for speeding or red light running since 2015.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Highway Boondoggles 2023: Salt Lake Shenanigans

Plans for a major freeway expansion based on over-inflated traffic projections are a wrongheaded way to deal with the region’s rapid population growth.

December 3, 2023

Cycle of Rage: Mayor is Failing the Leadership Test on Congestion Pricing

Purely for political and self-serving purposes, Mayor Adams is attacking congestion pricing — and, in doing so, is undermining the implementation of a program that he has long claimed to be a "strong" supporter of.

December 1, 2023

New York City is Down One MTA Board Member as Mayor Fights Congestion Pricing Fee

Sherif Soliman, who was appointed to the board only last year, quietly resigned on Sept. 22, and the mayor won't get a new person on the panel until next year.

December 1, 2023

Friday’s Headlines: A Congestion Alert Day

Like everyone else, we covered congestion pricing. Plus other news.

December 1, 2023

Adams Says He’ll Ban Parking Near 1,000 Intersections Every Year To Make Corners Safer

The city will daylight 1,000 intersections a year. A Brooklyn corner where a boy was killed in a crash is still waiting for the safety upgrades.

December 1, 2023
See all posts