And yet, a year later, the Placard abuse and false 311 reports continue. I am now convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the NYC Police Department is the most corrupt, derelict, and ignorant law enforcement agency in the nation. They refuse to close out 311 complaints of illegal parking with their own NYPD scofflaw vehicles by claiming they saw "nothing" or never show up at all. They lack basic integrity controls in the management and security of their own placards. Want to report a member of the Fire Department having his car illegally blocking the hydrant? Forget it, they will falsify that too.
And the abuse is not limited to the NYPD too - - anyone who can make a fake parking placard or have any government position who has a car, feels a sense of "entitlement" beyond the scope of the placard which they are lawfully entitled to do.
My conviction started with this "continually" illegally parked vehicle around Water Street, plate #HEE7108 which, for the first time I have seen, is not only using an NYPD reflector vest (which any terrorist can buy over the internet) to steal metered parking, he is now illegally blocking a fire hydrant on Water St in Lower Manhattan. Here are the original pictures which you can decide for yourself on January 18th.
I reported this to 311 - - complaint #C-1-1-1515095331 at approx 12:42 PM - - exactly 2 hours later, the NYPD 1st Precinct responds to this complaint claiming that they "observed no evidence of violation at that time" when the vehicle was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant AND a No Standing Anytime zone. Such reporting of a matter which is intentionally false is committing a felony offense of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree,
Thankfully, that vehicle is no more infesting Lower Manhattan as Internal Affairs (IAB) assigned it to someone who contacted me and took care of it. But why should I have no choice but to contact IAB for a simple thing as reporting illegal parking to 311?
Errol Louis, anchor of the nightly news show The Road to City Hall on Spectrum News in NYC, has a wonderful idea with a little help from Gridlock Sam I. Schwartz:
Per @GridlockSam, cash value of each placard is about $8,000. Tax each holder for the income and we’ll see if they really “need” it.— Errol Louis (@errollouis) January 28, 2018
And Placard Abuse has tons of offenders which the NYPD refuses to take action of, such as these:
When you let this personal vehicle park illegally blocking the curb cut & crosswalk @NYPD42Pct, you violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.— placard corruption (@placardabuse) January 29, 2018
Attn @CivilRights @NYCDisabilities @Salamancajr80 @RitchieTorres @rubendiazjr @NYCPA @DIA_NewYork @BronxDAClark @NYCMayor @NYGovCuomo pic.twitter.com/D77rxwxyvg
This #placardperp was out in the same area again today parked illegally with a car sporting an illegal license plate cover & no @nysdmv inspection.— placard corruption (@placardabuse) January 28, 2018
And so many outstanding tickets for things the owner DIDN'T get away with, the car should be towed. pic.twitter.com/BzbfWFm87M
Even this "Federal Law Enforcement" phony has been renewing this (and placards on other vehicles) since at least 2002 - - they "renewed" theirs two weeks ago - - without a worry about getting caught by NYC's Department of Investigation or by the Feds.
Hey look! This #placardperp renewed their #fakeplacard.— placard corruption (@placardabuse) February 5, 2018
We sure hope this is an elaborate, long-running @NYC_DOI & @FBINewYork operation. pic.twitter.com/iPV8VUhHA2
But the worst part are the threats against ordinary citizens who are fighting placard abuse, most recently a Staten Island lot owner who gave up the fight against cops from the 120th Precinct as well as city/state workers from parking their personal vehicles in his lot all day for free. Or when I was stopped by a retired officer who questioned me on not only why I was taking pictures of her car with an NYPD vest - - she asked me what I was going to do with these pictures.
@placardabuse @errollouis @4lisaguerrero @VickiChoiTV @NYPDONeill @StreetsblogNYC @bdhowald @NYPost_Berman @NYPost_Brazille utter harassment and attempted invasion of privacy by this #MyNYPD safety officer with her illegally parked car and NYPD vest https://t.co/c9Cn2668pC— David-Paul Gerber (@WakefieldBxDave) February 7, 2018
And didn't Mayor De Blasio promised that he would look into NY State Senator Marty Golden's placard privileges??? More than two months later, nothing yet but full of hot air.
Next, we have MTA Board Member Charles Moerdler using his MTA ID to steal commercial vehicle parking along John St in January.
Hey look @JoeLhota! Your buddy Chuck Moerdler is using his @MTA Board Member ID to steal metered commercial parking. No taking the failing transit system for him!— placard corruption (@placardabuse) January 17, 2018
Cc @MTAPD @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayor @NYCCouncil @NYPDTransport @NYPDONeill @OIGNYPD @DOINEWS pic.twitter.com/1cTVhSqnjK
Then I chimed in at the January MTA NYC Transit Committee meeting by calling Moerdler out (go to approx 17 min mark.) - - since then, he has paid his dues.
We are pleased to report that @MTA Board Member Charles Moerdler paid his $15.00 for 3 hrs of parking on the street across from his office today, instead of ripping off taxpayers again. pic.twitter.com/KB1yqsC69o— placard corruption (@placardabuse) January 25, 2018
Finally, I contacted a Bronx representative from City Hall about the illegal parking issues on the 52nd Precinct - - as far back as last summer - - and as you can see - - the conditions within the 52nd Precinct have not improved - - they are getting worse - - these tweets were just posted yesterday. You learn to empower yourself by taking charge and contacting your elected officials or staff - - what good is this if they don't follow up on your issue or just ignore it outright?
The #placardcorruption could not be any more literally right in front of the @NYPD52Pct station house.— placard corruption (@placardabuse) February 20, 2018
Comment please @AndrewCohenNYC @rubendiazjr @NYCMayor @OIGNYPD @NYCPA? pic.twitter.com/zE6AJYn25W
The safety & emissions inspection on this vehicle parked illegally on the greenway outside the @NYPD52Pct parking lot (which had lots of empty spaces) expired almost a year ago. pic.twitter.com/slw5U5p8Hp— placard corruption (@placardabuse) February 20, 2018
The Placard Abuse continues, with impunity - - in areas were there is plenty of public transit options such as Downtown Brooklyn, St. George in Staten Island, and Midtown/Lower Manhattan there is no reason why city and state employees can't use public transportation and walk to work. No wonder why members of the NYPD are among the most obese in law enforcement - - they are too lazy to walk to work from a far away parking space or train station/bus stop.