The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Huge Spring savings are here! Save 40% on all unpaid parking tickets! This bargain won't last forever so hurry. It's HUGE! According to the Times Union:

The city will knock 40 percent off the cost of an outstanding parking picket under the program that received preliminary approval from the City Council Monday night.

The city has $562,151 in unpaid parking tickets from Jan. 1, 2009 through March 1, 2016. Plus there's $551,233 in penalties for not paying the tickets, meaning scofflaws owe the city $1,113,384.
The amnesty program has bipartisan support. Mayor Patrick Madden, a Democrat, said it was an opportunity to collect revenue. Republican Council President Carmella Mantello stressed the money would benefit the financially ailing city.

The sale runs from May 1 to June 15 and will be run by a Nassau County outfit Fundamental Business Services Inc.

Some may scoff at programs like this but something is better than nothing. We'd be interested to know who has outstanding tickets, meaning, how many residents versus non-residents, out-of-staters versus in-staters etc.

Some may scoff at such amnesty programs but non-residents are far more likely to pay under an amnesty program than out of civic duty.


Been around a while said...

One of the many little things that local govt can do is to find innovative ways to collect traffic tickets so today's news concerning amnesty is a plus. But, I would rather start a conversation about the bold press conference held by Rep legislators & local govt elected officials (Troy's City Council President Mantello) about creating a water & sewer funding source. They have had years, certainly months if this proposal is a reaction to Troy's recent water debacle. Conducting a press conference a few days before the budget is supposed to be adopted is only politic theater and not a serious approach to a long term problem.

Anonymous said...

Finally, someone is doing something.
60% net to Troy is better than 0.
The question is why hasn't the city actively and aggressively pursued this before, or did they ?
The other question is what does the city do with those who do not pay this time ?
Go get the money. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

It's more then you have done. Loser

Anonymous said...

Or, you know, they could start actually enforcing the existing laws and collect 100% of the revenue. But that would be too easy and Carmella the High Priestess of Self Promotion wouldn't get the headlines she craves.

Anonymous said...

Are they gonna mail out bills to the people who owe?

Anonymous said...

You should charge the employee who sleeps the night a rate comparable to super 8 on 4th

Anonymous said...

Maybe making City Hall an AirBNB could bring in some extra $$$? Sleep in a Mayor's Office!!!

Anonymous said...

7:00, well said