YONKERS, NY — May 14, 2014 — Beginning on May 3, 2013, the City of Yonkers (CoY) requested authorization from Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer request the New York State Legislature approve the merger of Yonkers Parking Violations Bureau under an Administrative Adjudication Bureau. The proposed legislation toward that end earned the support of the NYS Legislature, the signatures of Senator Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, earning approval by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo by July 2013.
Yonkers Tribune heard Yonkers City Council Majority Leader John Larkin questioning why the Administrative Adjudication Bureau (AAB), approved for being implemented, but not yet functioning as NYS Legislation authorizes, was incorporated into budget projections when the issue of implementing the AAB continues to languish in committee within the Yonkers City Council.
Yonkers Corporation Counsel Michael Curti, Esq., is intent on composing the final AAB structure by week’s end in anticipation of gaining support from the Yonkers City Council and thereafter bringing about required public notice and subsequent public hearings.
As it stands now, the AAB would permit Parking Administration, Code Enforcement, Licensing, and the Parking Violations Bureau to fall in under the aegis of the AAB.
The present structural definition of the AAB denies someone charged with a misdemeanor his or her constitutional protection of having a judge present. NYS Law requires a judge’s presence. How will protections of the Law be satisfied by the present failings of language not yet included in the legislation?
Yonkers would be better able to “execute the law” which they requested of the NYS Legislature if they had fully fleshed the issues, as well as appreciated the needs and the visions demanded by the City of CoY. Let’s hope Yonkers contemplates the complexity of future requests of the Albany Delegation with greater exactitude.