NYPD Slowdown Resulting in $10 Million Less a Week in Parking Tickets


Park 'em if you've got 'em!
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The New York Police Department's efforts to punish Mayor Bill de Blasio by refusing to enforce minor laws and starving the city of money now has at least one price tag. According to the city's Citizens Budget Commission, the steep drop in parking citations will cost the city $10 million a week if it continues. From the New York Post:

There were just 1,191 parking summonses handed out between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 — down nearly 93 percent from the same period last year, when 16,008 of the dreaded orange envelopes were slapped on windshields.

Based on the weekly average ticket take of $10.5 million in fiscal 2014, the Citizens Budget Commission estimated the reduction could have bled about $10 million from city coffers.

And that doesn't include other revenue losses from similar reductions in moving violations and court summonses during the slowdown, which is now in its third week.

"While losing $10-$11 million in a week is real money, in the context of the city's $77 billion annual budget it's a very small amount," said Doug Turetsky, of the Independent Budget Office. "But if the losses continue over weeks and months, the effect on the budget becomes more substantial."

One has to wonder what that $10 million dollars will be accomplishing in New York City now that it's not going to the government. Take-out from a local small restaurant? A taxi (or Uber!) ride to a local club? Rent? (I mean, it is New York.)

As I noted earlier in the week, New York City's annual revenue from citations and fines is large in a flat sense ($789 million), but it accounts for only a small portion of revenue for the city's massive annual budget. 

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  1. Maybe a $10 million reduction in the city’s law enforcement labor force for is in order.

    1. that would only cover the pensions of the departments secretaries. im sure we could add a few 0’s to that number.


    2. By my estimates it means about 4,000 LEOs looking for an honest job.

  2. I am confident that I am not the only one who is pleased with this result. My sincere hope is that our fellow citizens in New York and individuals everywhere on Earth begin to understand what a lot of us have been figuratively screaming for many years.

  3. I could have used a slowdown when I lived there. I still technically owe the City of New York something like $1500 in parking ticket fees. Which they will never, ever get.

  4. $10 Millions a start.

  5. Oh, the huge manatee! If the city loses $10,000,000.01/week, it will become Somalia!

  6. Hmmm. Lots of laws against common, nonviolent behaviors with stiff fines and aggressive enforcement as a source of government income…. Isn’t that the revenue model that got the Sheriff of Nottingham such a bad reputation?

    1. What I always found infuriating about the Sheriff of Nottingham legend is how King Richard gets treated. Bastard doesn’t even speak English, spends most of his life outside of England, Insults an ally while on crusade, gets captured while returning from crusade by said former ally, forcing his brother to raise the funds for his release from the English polity, and gets Lauded as a hero.

      John Lackland, on the other hand, speaks fluent English, lives most of his life in England, is a fairly capable administrator saddled with finding ways to finance his brother’s stupidity, such that when he finally takes the throne, the barons have been driven to rebel, forcing him to sign the Magna Carta, and he gets pilloried.

      1. I should have said that I meant the Sheriff of Nottingham in the legend. I admit to knowing nothing about the real guy.

        I did know that Lackland got a bad rap and that Richard was an idiot.

  7. Wait, this article is incomplete. It fails to mention the zombied horde descending upon Manhattan and the blood running through the streets as a result of this lower revenue.

    1. The occupiers got roused from their parents’ basements again?

    2. To be fair, they presumably haven’t lowered spending in response.

  8. I’m confused.

    New York City’s annual revenue from citations and fines is large in a flat sense ($789 million)

    But $10 mil a week is $520 mil year.

    So, are you saying that 2/3rd of the money NYC brings in in fines is solely out of parking violations?

    Because if so – the burden of *all* the other petty violations is pretty damn small then.

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