The Parking Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — November 10, 2018 — In the process of purchasing a plaque that would permit the driver to park near a parking lot close to his residence, sold at the Buena Vista Parking Garage, all but about two to three minutes transpired. After paying for permit (plaque), the law abiding Yonkersite returns to find he has been ticketed. It was in fact issued by the same Yonkers Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO36) who had recently given him a ticket for which he had paid by credit card. The past infraction our hapless resident had been fined was for “parking under a stop sign”, an “illegal” standard unknown by most drivers to exist. While there is a handbook for driving standards, there is none this editor-at-large is aware of for parking standards in the City of Yonkers.
Upon exiting the Buena Vista Parking Lot, the driver had apparently parked the wrong way again. Knowing that less than 2 to 3 minutes transpired from parking his car, he finds a ticket placed on the windshield of his car designating 55 or 58 Hudson Street on the ticket. He was taken aback, especially when he recognized that PEO36 had again given him a ticket. The driver had even placed a note on the dashboard of his car advising that he was in the Parking Violations Bureau, evidently to no avail. Naturally upset but calm he took a few steps to the corner of the intersection and spotted PEO36’s white Jeep parked under a stop sign near a deli where the driver assumed he would have ordered a sandwich or a cuo of Joe or both. Twenty minutes had transpired and PEO36 was still in the deli.
Respectfully, the ticketed driver entered the deli and confronted PEO36. When questioned why he was given a ticket in the past for parking under a stop sign by PEO36 when it was obvious PEO36 had likewise parked under a stop sign, he received a terse and arrogant response. PEO36 advised that because he drives a city car, the rules don’t apply to him. On top of that, as the photo attests, PEO36 parked the city owned Jeep under a stop sign and was obstructing a private driveway. Evidently, as far as PEO36 is concerned, his driving and parking conduct is above and beyond the law. The takeaway is that Yonkers Parking Enforcement Officers, unencumbered by parking regulations, can enjoy a deli sandwich without a care in the world. As for him being exempt from the law by driving a city vehicle that is an outright falsehood. It is in fact gross negligence on his part and an outright lie and PEO36 “knows it”.
It seems PEO36 tickets many vehicles for exactly this same violation. The City of Yonkers evidently has no interest, much less any compassion, to advise people of this “said infraction” pertinent to all drivers but those driving city vehicles. Specifically there may be many who are unaware of this infraction; those who are not local residents, or those that may come from places who have different rules / standards specific to the place they used to reside that are different than those in Yonkers.
Our ticketed driver attempted to file a complaint with Yonkers Parking Authority by telephone, but no one answered the telephone. He then called the Parking Violations Bureau who advised that a supervisor would indeed call him back. No one called back! So the Yonkersite called back a second time at the end of the day and asked to speak to a director. He was told the director doesn’t take calls!!!! She didn’t call. The ticketed driver called again the next day and after some phone tag, got a hold of supervisor E. Mark Smith. Mr. Smith is the manager. He listened to the complaint and said he would talk to PEO36. The ticketed driver insisted more stringent discipline be exacted upon PEO36. He should at least have to pay the price of a ticket he would write against anyone else doing what he did said the ticketed driver. Manager E. Mark Smith again repeated, “I’ll talk to him”. The ticketed driver offered to send Manager Smith photos of PEO36’s affixed to this article, but Manager Smith advised, he didn’t want them. Asked if he was serious, Manager Smith said,”Yes!” The driver told him he would go to the Yonkers Tribune and also file a complaint with Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath to which Manager Smith verbatim said, “Go ahead, won’t do you any good”. When the ticketed driver asked, “if that was it? Manager Smith hung up the phone!
The ticketed driver advises he emailed Inspector General McGrath and is still awaiting a response.
For a Parking Enforcement Officer, specifically PEO36, to feign being above the law, and for no oversight yet to have been administered is disrespectfully dismissive. In New York City PEO36 would at minimum be made to lose 2 weeks vacation for illegally parking a city car for personal reasons or worse get fired!
It would be lawful and prudent for Yonkers City Hall to demand inquiry and commensurate follow-up to correct this arrogant and deceitful conduct by PEO36 and Manager E. Mark Smith.
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