There have been a number of accusations on this blog and in the press that Mayor Tutunjian has been playing fast and loose with existing City laws and ordinances by either failing to enforce them altogether or misusing them to punish and penalize rivals or the vocal opposition. From refusing to follow bidding requirements to issuing code violations where there were none, King Tut has ultimately made a mockery of his duty as the Chief Executive Office of the City of Troy and of the City.
King Tut and his campaign for re-election have gone one step further by violating existing City ordinances. Rather than going out to local events himself, the mayor has been sending surrogates in his place and has been parking a campaign car at a number of these events. One such event is Saturday’s Farmer’s Market where King Tut’s re-election car is continually illegally parked week in and week out. A concerned citizen saw this supposed violation of law and sent me this picture.
As you can see, nearly one-half of the car is in the crosswalk.
To be fair, let’s explore which ordinances were actually violated. Consequently, I dove deep into the abysses of local and state laws. While I am not a lawyer, I did stay at a Holiday Express last night. Therefore, I felt qualified to take this trek.
City code, Chapter 270-26.C (8) indicates the fine for parking in a crosswalk is $35. It does not, however, define the offense. Title 7, Article 32, Section 1202 (a) 1. d. of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws indicates that “no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle on a crosswalk.” Again, I could find no specific definition of what parking on the crosswalk entailed. I went a step further and talked to both citizens and local police. Several citizens have indicated they received tickets for having only a part of their vehicle parked in the crosswalk and police indicated they have issued tickets for vehicles parked partially in crosswalks. Ultimately common sense must prevail and, I believe as should others, that the vehicle was illegally parked.
While King Tut believes he has divine rule and is above the law, ultimately he is only a representative of the people who elected him. And part of his job is enforcing the laws of the City, not ignoring or violating them. Harry, prove that you have character and enforce and follow the law, not subjugate it depending on a political whim.
Thanks, Mr. Abyssus. We can't believe someone mounted graffiti on that car. What a shame.
RACE FOR MAYOR
Finally, a mayoral candidate we can fully support.
According to The Pipeline, the Democrats have called a caucus. The gathering is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 7:00PM at the Elks Lodge on Route 4 in North Greenbush. So bring your antlers.
Any registered North Greenbush Democrat may cauc, but if you choose to do so you have to clean-up after yourself.