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New York - Staten Island Getting "Free Ride" In New York City; Records Show "Zero" Cars Towed Since 2013

Published on: January 18, 2016 02:20 PM
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FILE - New York Police Department tow trucks in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonFILE - New York Police Department tow trucks in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Staten Island, NY - A recent examination of city records shows not a single car from Staten Island was among the 300,342 illegally parked vehicles towed or booted by the NYPD from 2013 through August of 2015.

NYPOST.com (http://nyp.st/1lnKhJx) reports that parking scofflaws in Manhattan made up over half of the tows, a whopping 151,290, while Brooklyn finished second with 56,578.

When asked for an explanation for the disparity, an NYPD rep said the force doesn’t dispatch tow-trucks to Staten Island because the “parking and traffic conditions on Staten Island are different than other parts of the city.”

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When asked the same question, a union leader for Local 983, which represents the NYPD’s tow-truck operators, called the statistic “mind-boggling” while speculating that the reason behind it might be because so many cops, firefighters and city leaders live in Staten Island.

“Towing should be the same across the board,” said the union rep.


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 Jan 18, 2016 at 03:02 PM Moish Says:

They have towed cars in Staten Island for outstanding judgments. I've seen the marshal and the tow trucks at work there. Perhaps this is talking about instantly towing illegally parked cars in specific zones, like they often do predominantly in Manhattan.

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 03:16 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't see any other borough having a $16 toll just to get anywhere either!!!

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 03:40 PM Liepa Says:

They can't afford the toll!?

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 04:14 PM Avi613 Says:

The reason is everyone had a driveway and can't tow from there

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 09:14 PM Avi613 Says:

The reason is everyone had a driveway and can't tow from there

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 10:32 AM Enough Already Says:

Most, if not all of SI does not have alternate parking rules. That alone cuts down on parking tickets and the possibility of outstanding unpaid tickets.

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