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JOHN QUAGLIONE TO MAYOR de BLASIO: THE LAST THING BROOKLYN NEEDS IS MORE TRAFFIC AGENTS

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May 25, 2017

John Quaglione to Mayor de Blasio: The last thing Brooklyn needs is more traffic agents

Brooklyn, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that he is hiring 100 more traffic agents to crack down on placard abuse, just one week after he issued 100,000 placards to city officials. 

“Hypocritical Mayor de Blasio says he wants to double down on parking violations and the misuse of parking permits after he issued 100,000 additional parking permits,” said John Quaglione. “Hiring more traffic agents is like putting a bandaid on a tumor,” Quaglione continued. “These resources could be used to open night court that would help residents fight parking tickets that have been unfairly issued - a major problem affecting residents of the 43rd district. ”

Quaglione stresses that residents of the 43rd district are already victims of ticketing overkill. 

“Does de Blasio really think these traffic agents will only ticket placard abusers? The 68th and 62nd Precincts, which include Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach, are ranked 6th and 7th in the City for most parking tickets issued. With more traffic agents that number will only increase. What is his plan to fight this?”, said Quaglione.

Placard abuse has long been a subject of complaint by city residents and cyclists, saying that city officials show little regard for them by frequently double-parking in bike lanes, sidewalks, in front of bus stops, blocking curb ramps, and blocking left turn lanes. The city has estimated that 148,516 placards have been issued. 

John Orlando