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March 2, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Williamsburg / Brooklyn Is Angry

Cop’s Mustang never roams — even for alternate side

The Brooklyn Paper

Rules are made to be broken — especially if you’re a cop in Williamsburg.

A 94th Precinct officer has been openly flouting alternate-side parking rules by parking his Mustang on Roebling Street and prominently displaying his police-issued parking permit on his dashboard to avoid getting a ticket.

Residents have seen black Ford camping out in the same spot near N. Seventh Street for nearly two months while other drivers diligently moved their cars every Monday and Thursday morning when the parking rules are enforced.

The officer, who works at the 90th Precinct, could not be reached, but a police source said that the cop sometimes displays his permit on its windshield after his late-night shift if he can’t find any parking in the neighborhood.

The source added that the officer parked his car on the street legally this morning.

But one resident claimed that the car has “never moved” from street, even after the heavy snowstorms.

“Just this morning, the officer’s Mustang is the only car on that side of the street,” said one resident who declined to give his name. “Those spaces on Roebling are coveted spots. It makes no sense at all, and is wrong.”

It is unclear how widespread the practice but the NYPD discourages officers abusing parking privileges.

“Police officers have to apply for a parking permit and you have to know rights and wrongs,” said 94th Precinct community affairs officer Scott Adamo, patrols the neighborhood where the Mustang is parked. “If you misuse it, you can get in trouble, like anything else.”

And the risks can be expensive.

Summonses issued for not following alternate side parking rules cost $45 — but if an officer who disobeys the rules could lose vacation days or have his pay docked several hundred dollars.

That doesn’t seem worth it, Adamo said.

“We have to move our car, everyone else has to move their car, and he has to move it too,” said Adamo.

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kevin says:
ya nothing is gonna happen over this
March 2, 2011, 7:46 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I wonder if this cop is making $122,000 a year like that East Village rapist cop?
March 2, 2011, 10:36 am
tee gee from sunset park says:
its not just the police, firemen do it also...they have no regard for new york neighborhoods as they drive in from their suburban communities - we are trash to them. i caught a fireman who always parked at a hydrant near the firehouse. what did him in was that his vehicle had NJ plates on it and firemen can't live in NJ. so when i reported it, it stopped quickly. let's face it, our cops are civil servants of "privilege".
March 2, 2011, 10:37 am
Rich from Greenpoint says:
Why do we have such stringent parking rules? When the 2005 rezoning was enacted why did they not change the parking rules? If you own a car and park on the street you have to move your car 4x per week while in neighborhoods like Bay Ridge and Park Slope, you only have to move your car twice a week. I thought we rezoned to a more residential zone? Why can't the parking regulations be changed? They don't clean the streets 4x a week. It is so unfair. If we want to be more residential we MUST change the parking regulations.
March 2, 2011, 11:17 am
J from Park Slope says:
I has this problem with a cop parking in front of a hydrant on my street. I called 311 with his plates and his precinct from his parking placard. In the six months since then, he has parked in front of that hydrant only once or twice, and never overnight that I am aware of. Don't just complain. Take action.
March 2, 2011, 4:56 pm
Jay from Downtown says:

That is nothing. Please check the corner of Tillary and Gold, by the fire station and 84th precint. There are cars parked on the cross walk preventing wheelchairs from accessing the sidewalk. This is every day!
March 2, 2011, 10:54 pm

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