NYPD Slowdown Cost Far Less Than Estimated

NEW YORK ( Reuters) -

New York’s police parking ticket slowdown has not cost the city nearly as much as some estimated, perhaps as much as 90 percent less, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The city realizes an average of $69.13 per parking violation, Stringer’s staff estimated. With 43,883 fewer tickets written in the three weeks ended Jan. 11 than a year earlier, that amounts to lost revenue of $3 million.

That’s a fraction of the amount widely quoted in the New York press. The New York Post, for instance, citing figures from ticket-fighting service Parkingticket.com, reported the city has lost $46 million since a police ticketing slowdown began after the slaying of two officers on Dec. 20.

The slump in parking — and in arrest volume — has been seen by supporters of Mayor Bill de Blasio as evidence of a work slowdown by police officers angered by recent comments he made that they viewed as anti-police. Police unions say they have not sanctioned a slowdown, which showed signs of easing last week.