NYC elects commie, again. Point and laugh harder folks

Mags

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Federal Judge... but in NYC... sooooo

Judge awards 5Pointz graffiti artists $6.7M after works destroyed

A New York judge has awarded $6.7 million to graffiti artists who sued after their work was destroyed on buildings torn down to make room for luxury condos.

Federal Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn noted Monday there was no remorse from the owner of the warehouse buildings. Long Island Developer Jerry Wolkoff allowed the painting for decades on the property.

In November 2017 during a three-week trial, twenty-one aerosol artists sued the owner of a Long Island City, Queens site known as 5Pointz.

The case was based on the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. That federal law allows artists "to prevent any destruction of a work of recognized stature, and any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of that work"



Before they vanished, the graffiti artworks became a tourist attraction, drawing thousands of spectators daily and forming a backdrop to the 2013 movie, "Now You See Me," and a site for an Usher tour, the judge noted.

All the while, the crime-ridden neighborhood gradually improved and it became the "world's largest collection of quality outdoor aerosol art," though a system set up by the artists meant some paintings were temporary while others were given permanent status, Block wrote.

The ruling followed a trial in November, when Block said the "respectful, articulate and credible" artists testified about "striking technical and artistic mastery and vision worthy of display in prominent museums if not on the walls of 5Pointz."

He noted one artist came from London, another from rural West Virginia, while others were products of prestigious art schools. Some were self-taught.

He said he was impressed with the breadth of the artists' works and how many works "spoke to the social issues of our times."

Jerry Wolkoff, who owned the buildings, had conceded he allowed the spray-paint artists to use the buildings as a canvas for decades but said they always knew they would be torn down someday. His lawyer, David Ebert, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The artists had once hoped to buy the properties, before their value soared to over $200 million.

Block said he hoped the award would give teeth to a federal law that should have kept Wolkoff from demolishing them for at least 10 months, when he had all his permits.

Artists then could have easily rescued some paintings from siding, plywood or sheet-rock before the rollers, spray machines and buckets of white paint arrived.

"Wolkoff has been singularly unrepentant. He was given multiple opportunities to admit the whitewashing was a mistake, show remorse, or suggest he would do things differently if he had another chance," Block said.

"Wolkoff could care less. As he callously testified," the judge said. "The sloppy, half-hearted nature of the whitewashing left the works easily visible under thin layers of cheap, white paint, reminding the plaintiffs on a daily basis what had happened. The mutilated works were visible by millions of people on the passing 7 train."
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So trespassing and vandalism is art now... good to know.
 
well yeah when the owner allowed them to be there and do it as said in the article
Missed that bit... but:

Jerry Wolkoff, who owned the buildings, had conceded he allowed the spray-paint artists to use the buildings as a canvas for decades but said they always knew they would be torn down someday. His lawyer, David Ebert, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
 

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So trespassing and vandalism is art now... good to know.
The takeaway... if you kindly allow the shittums spraypaint your property, then they own it, so call the cops if you see a shittum spraypainting your property.
 
Notice the cute like at the bottom:

"Wolkoff could care less. As he callously testified," the judge said. "The sloppy, half-hearted nature of the whitewashing left the works easily visible under thin layers of cheap, white paint, reminding the plaintiffs on a daily basis what had happened. The mutilated works were visible by millions of people on the passing 7 train."

Wonder how much he paid in property taxes over the years for that property.
 

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Enjoy your liberal utopia ny. I have no words for this


NYC must pay $180G to 3 Muslim women forced to remove hijabs for mugshots

New York City will have to pay out $180,000 to three Muslim women after forcing them to take off their hijabs for mugshots.

Three lawsuits were settled Monday in Brooklyn federal court stemming from the NYPD policy of photographing people wearing religious head coverings, the New York Daily News reported. The three women settled for $60,000 each.

Some cases date to 2012, when a high school girl – identified as “G.E.” – was arrested after a brawl with two other girls whom she thought spread gossip about her.

G.E. was initially brought to a local police station and was told to take off her hijab. G.E. refused and was taken to a secluded room where a female police officer took her photo outside the presence of any men, the Daily News reported.

But at Brooklyn Central Booking the police could not accommodate the girl’s religious needs, telling her that there were not any female officers available and that the camera is in a fixed spot, thus the mugshot could not be taken in a private room.

The girl alleged that a male officer then took her photo without a hijab, making her feel “exposed, violated and distraught” as she was forced to be without the Islamic garb for 20 minutes while male officers and prisoners looked at her.

Police issued an order in March 2015, according to court filings, changing the policies regarding people who refusing to take off their religious head coverings. Officers who perform the arrest had to tell the person that the NYPD offers a choice of getting a private photo – without the head garb and with an officer of the same gender.

Two other cases were filed in 2015 and 2016 by G.E.’s lawyer, Tahanie Aboushi, and involved a similar situation.

One woman claims to have been forced to remove her veil at Brooklyn Central Booking police station and was denied a female photographer. Another accuser said her hijab was removed at the scene of her arrest.

Aboushi told the Daily News on Tuesday that the police department issued additional policies regarding religious headwear in December 2017.

“We did our best to establish good precedent,” Aboushi said. “On the one hand, it gives officers guidance, and on the other hand, it protects the exercise of religious freedom.”
 

mascan42

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Who better than a criminal to head the Criminal Justice Office?

nypost.com
De Blasio aide busted with gun in car
By Shawn Cohen and Stephanie Pagones
Metro

April 8, 2018 | 11:22am

A $90,000-per-year director with Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested along with two men Saturday night in Queens after a loaded gun was found in their car — double-parked just blocks away from the scene of an earlier shooting, police said.

Reagan Stevens — the Office’s Deputy Director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives — was busted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after cops found the loaded 9mm gun in the glovebox of the 2002 Infiniti double-parked on the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica around 10:25 p.m., cops said.

A single shell casing was also found in the car, police sources said.

The gun seized from the Infiniti carries an eight-round clip, but only had three rounds in it when it was found, sources said.

The officers were scanning the area for suspicious activity after the NYPD’s ShotSpotter system detected five gunshots on nearby 109th Avenue around 10 p.m., authorities said.

Surveillance video culled from the scene of the 109th Avenue shooting shows the muzzle flashes of five shots fired from a car.

It wasn’t clear who or what the gunman was targeting.

Stevens — a 42-year-old Brooklyn resident who, according to public records, earns just over $90,000 annually for her work with the city — was sitting in the backseat of the Infiniti when officers approached and found the gun, police said.

Cops also arrested the driver of the car, Caesar Forbes, 25, and a second passenger, Montel Hughes, 24, on three counts each of criminal possession of a weapon.

Both men were also allegedly carrying knives, sources said.

All three people were charged because no one fessed up to owning the gun, sources added.

Stevens, Forbes, and Hughes were awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court early Sunday.

Stevens’s profile on the Office of Criminal Justice’s website says that her work is “primarily focused on Raise the Age implementation,” referring to Gov. Cuomo’s initiative to tailor the state’s criminal justice system to better serve youthful offenders.

“Prior to that, Ms. Stevens was the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan’s Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System Task Force [and] … spent 15 years implementing crime prevention, adolescent diversion programs, and alternatives to incarceration at the Kings County District Attorney’s office,” the profile says.

She has one prior arrest from 2015, which is sealed.

“[Stevens] has been suspended immediately without pay pending investigation,” said Patrick Gallahue, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, on Sunday. “We take these allegations very seriously.”

Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen
 
De Blasio aide busted with gun in car


This de Blasio administration official set one heckuva bad example for the teens she was hired to keep out of jail.

Reagan Stevens, a deputy director in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and two young men were arrested for illegal weapons possession while sitting in a double-parked car near the scene of a Saturday night shooting in Queens, cops said.

A loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with its serial number defaced was hidden in the car’s glovebox, and there was a spent shell casing on the floor near Stevens’ feet in the rear of the 2002 dark red Infiniti SUV, law enforcement sources said.

The trio’s arrest followed a burst of five gunshots that activated an NYPD “ShotSpotter” device in Jamaica at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, sources said.

The listening device pinpointed the shooting at 174th Street and 109th Avenue, and private surveillance video captured the muzzle flashes of five shots fired from the Infiniti, sources said.

The handgun seized by cops has an eight-round magazine and held three cartridges — two in the magazine and one in the chamber, sources said.

Stevens, 42, and the two men — who cops say also had knives on them — were awaiting arraignment Sunday night in Queens Criminal Court, where her mom, Deborah Stevens Modica, has been a judge since her appointment in 1997.

Her stepdad, Salvatore Modica, is an acting Queens Supreme Court justice. They both declined to comment.


Stevens, who lives in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, manages youth and strategic initiatives, and her main job is implementing a 2017 state law that will raise the age at which kids can be prosecuted as adults for non-violent crimes from 16 to 18.

Stevens, who previously worked for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and makes more than $90,000 a year, was immediately suspended without pay, said Office of Criminal Justice spokesman Patrick Gallahue.

“We take these allegations very seriously,” he added.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is an outspoken supporter of strict gun control laws, and last month, he joined a student walkout in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 17 students and staffers at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

Stevens was arrested around 10:25 p.m. near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue along with driver Caesar Forbes, 25, and front-seat passenger Montel Hughes, 24, both of whom live in the neighborhood.

Hughes’ sister, Jade, 17, told The Post that her brother and Forbes were longtime friends and that he recently became acquainted with Stevens.

She said she didn’t know anything about that relationship other than that it wasn’t romantic.

Stevens, Hughes and Forbes were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon — one for the gun being loaded, another for its illegally obscured serial number — because no one admitted owning the pistol, sources said.

Cops were also weighing charges involving its firing, based on the video that traces the shots to the car, sources said.

Forbes and Hughes also were charged with criminal possession of a weapon related to the knives they allegedly were carrying, and Forbes was also ticketed for double parking, cops said.

Hughes’ rap sheet lists nine prior arrests, six of which are sealed. The others include an October 2010 bust in Queens on robbery and weapons charges, and a July 2016 arrest on firearm, trespassing and harassment charges, sources said.

Stevens has a sealed 2015 arrest that stemmed from allegations of driving illegally, while Forbes has no criminal record, sources said.

Stevens was released on her own recognizance, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens DA’s office. Meanwhile, Forbes was held on $3,500 bail or $7,500 bond, and Hughes was held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. They are due back in court on April 24.
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Stevens, Hughes and Forbes were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon — one for the gun being loaded, another for its illegally obscured serial number — because no one admitted owning the pistol, sources said. - You know she ain't doing any time and I doubt she will be fired either.
 
Hmm I wonder where this money will be used...

City to raise some parking meter rates, create more zones

Parking rates will soon go up citywide, and drivers who park in parts of Brooklyn and Queens may face even bigger increases with new zones, city transportation department commission Polly Trottenberg revealed on Wednesday.

The agency is working on a rate plan to implement by the end of 2018. But it also wants to add more zones so it can charge higher rates in some parts of the outer boroughs.

“The current system of three rate zones will evolved into a new system of more zones to more closer match land use and parking demand in both Manhattan the outer boroughs,” said Trottenberg. “The meters in heavily congested, transit-rich Downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as those in less dense East New York. We think modest rate increases will promote turnover in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well.”

The agency also plans to offer drivers who park below 96th Street in Manhattan a discounted second hour, she revealed at a city council transportation budget hearing.

Currently, meters below 96th Street charge $3.50 an hour, while the hourly rate between 96th and 110th Streets is $1.50. In Manhattan above 110th Street and elsewhere in the city, is costs $1.00 per hour to park at a metered space.

Parking meter rates last increased in 2013. There are currently about 85,000 metered spots throughout the city, DOT officials said.
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Hmm wonder if the fines will increase as well... naaaaaaah

“The meters in heavily congested, transit-rich Downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as those in less dense East New York. We think modest rate increases will promote turnover in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well.” - If you believe this I have bridge I want to sell you in Brooklyn.
 

Mags

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Hmm I wonder where this money will be used...


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Hmm wonder if the fines will increase as well... naaaaaaah

“The meters in heavily congested, transit-rich Downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as those in less dense East New York. We think modest rate increases will promote turnover in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well.” - If you believe this I have bridge I want to sell you in Brooklyn.
It does nothing but make money. Commercial vehicles are there because they’re servicing buildings. They can’t just leave because the price went up. Nor does it help congestion.
 
Hmm I wonder where this money will be used...

City to raise some parking meter rates, create more zones

Parking rates will soon go up citywide, and drivers who park in parts of Brooklyn and Queens may face even bigger increases with new zones, city transportation department commission Polly Trottenberg revealed on Wednesday.

The agency is working on a rate plan to implement by the end of 2018. But it also wants to add more zones so it can charge higher rates in some parts of the outer boroughs.

“The current system of three rate zones will evolved into a new system of more zones to more closer match land use and parking demand in both Manhattan the outer boroughs,” said Trottenberg. “The meters in heavily congested, transit-rich Downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as those in less dense East New York. We think modest rate increases will promote turnover in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well.”

The agency also plans to offer drivers who park below 96th Street in Manhattan a discounted second hour, she revealed at a city council transportation budget hearing.

Currently, meters below 96th Street charge $3.50 an hour, while the hourly rate between 96th and 110th Streets is $1.50. In Manhattan above 110th Street and elsewhere in the city, is costs $1.00 per hour to park at a metered space.

Parking meter rates last increased in 2013. There are currently about 85,000 metered spots throughout the city, DOT officials said.
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Hmm wonder if the fines will increase as well... naaaaaaah

“The meters in heavily congested, transit-rich Downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as those in less dense East New York. We think modest rate increases will promote turnover in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well.” - If you believe this I have bridge I want to sell you in Brooklyn.
It does nothing but make money. Commercial vehicles are there because they’re servicing buildings. They can’t just leave because the price went up. Nor does it help congestion.

Good thing the city government there is wise with spending tax dollars... how much did they pay that sperm receptacle as her ex hubby decided to resist de popo and have gravy for blood? 6 mill? And she still lives in public housing... and didn't his last spooge donation get nothing right?
 

Mags

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Good thing the city government there is wise with spending tax dollars... how much did they pay that sperm receptacle as her ex hubby decided to resist de popo and have gravy for blood? 6 mill?
That’s a mere bag of shells. DeBlaz just INCREASED homeless spending by .... $680,000,000. Money well spent.


That’s an increase, not the tote.
 
That’s a mere bag of shells. DeBlaz just INCREASED homeless spending by .... $680,000,000. Money well spent.


That’s an increase, not the tote.
Guessing they are going to install toilet paper dispensers on the parking meters now?
 
Look at the money this fuckfaces are getting in fines which really are another tax on say delivery trucks... in 2006 UPS paid $19 MILLION dollars in parking fines.

New York City Fine Revenues Update
May 3, 2017



New York City imposes fines for violations of various City laws and regulations, including regulations related to parking, building codes, consumer affairs, and public health and safety. In FY 2016, the City collected $993 million in fines, an increase of 3.7 percent over FY 2015. Revenue from fines increased 35 percent in the last decade and 16 percent over the last four years. As Figure 1 shows, from FY 2012 to FY 2016, fines revenue increased $138 million from $855 million in FY 2012 to $993 million in FY 2016.[1]

By far the largest category of fines continues to be parking violations, raising $565 million in FY 2015 and $545 million in FY 2016, or 59 percent and 55 percent of total revenues from fines in FYs 2015 and 2016 respectively. “Quality of Life” violations such as littering and noise pollution, sidewalk violations and public health and safety violations generated another $184 million. The next largest source of fine revenue is camera fines. Cameras are placed throughout the City to photograph vehicles running through red lights, speeding through school zones or driving, parking or standing in bus lanes. Red light, bus lane and speed camera fines combined, generated $96 million in FY 2016. Building permit penalties and restaurant violations generated $60 million and $27 million respectively.



Note dollars in Millions

Revenue from fines increased 22 percent during the current administration from $811 million in FY 2013 to $993 million in FY 2016. Revenue from fines related to the Mayor’s Vision Zero program, such as camera fines, have risen steadily while others, such as revenues from moving violations, have only recently begun to rise. Figure 2 shows major changes in selected revenue from fines from FY 2013 to FY 2016. The largest source of increase in revenues was from parking fines, which rose $79 million over this period. Revenues from camera violations, such as those captured by red light, bus lane and speed cameras, rose by a combined $55 million. Over the same period, revenues from restaurants and other small business violations decreased by $21 million. This is consistent with the Mayor’s “Small Business First” initiative to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses. This decrease was more than offset by a sharp increase in revenues from “Quality of Life” summonses, which increased by $50 million.



Parking Tickets

Since FY 2012, parking ticket revenues have increased 6 percent, from $513 million in FY 2012 to $545 million in FY 2016.



The City has 85,000 parking spaces served by Muni Meters and issues anywhere from 9 million to 11 million parking tickets a year. Revenues from parking fines are collected by the City’s Department of Finance. Parking tickets can range from $35 (parking at a broken meter in certain areas) to $515 (intercity bus unauthorized passenger pickup or discharge). Ticket costs vary by violation code, area, and number of offenses. Although the City collects over half a billion in parking fines every year, millions of dollars in parking fines go uncollected or get written off each year. In FY 2016, over $600 million worth of outstanding parking tickets were either written off or deemed uncollectible.

Except for automated moving violations, such as speed and red light violations captured on camera (discussed below), moving violations issued by a police officer, including speeding tickets seat belt and cell phone violations, generate substantially less revenue for the City than parking tickets. Revenues from moving violations averaged only 3 percent of total parking ticket revenues over the last 5 years. The City issues about 10 times more parking tickets than moving violations to the 1.4 million people who own and drive cars in the City. In addition, unlike parking ticket revenues, the bulk of moving violation revenues are retained by New York State to cover the cost of adjudication.

Vehicle Camera Violations

Revenues from vehicle violations captured on camera, such as speeding and red light violations, have also shifted significantly in recent years. The City’s red light camera program began in 1994 with 15 cameras, and has grown significantly. Since 2010, cameras have been installed at 150 intersections. Red light camera revenues peaked in FY 2011 at $71 million and have been falling since as the number of tickets dropped, likely due to increased motorist awareness.



Bus lane cameras began operation in 2010 with initial state approval for cameras along six MTA Select Bus Service (SBS) routes. Revenues from bus lane camera violations peaked in FY 2015 ($16.6 million) and then dropped 33 percent in FY 2016 to $11 million. In September 2015, New York State legislation expanded authorization to 16 routes. Currently, the City’s MTA has activated cameras along 10 bus routes.


In 2013, the State also allowed the City to install cameras to photograph speeding vehicles in 20 school zones and then further expanded the authority to 140 zones in 2014. Currently, the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is permitted to operate 240 cameras during school hours. The City uses 40 mobile cameras and another 200 in fixed locations. In conjunction with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, in calendar year 2016, the City issued around 1.4 million tickets to drivers speeding in school zones.


Camera revenues should continue to grow in the coming years, as the City’s Vision Zero initiative continues to address traffic safety. As shown in Figure 4, while revenues from red light cameras fell 45 percent from $47 million in FY 2012 to $26 million in FY 2016, revenues from speed and bus lane cameras have more than made up the difference. From FY 2012 to FY 2016, revenues from bus lane cameras increased 45 percent from $7.7 million to $11.1 million. Speed cameras began producing revenues in FY 2014 and by FY 2016 generated $59.2 million. Altogether, camera-generated fine revenue increased 75 percent from $55 million in FY 2012 to $96 million in FY 2015.

Retail and Restaurants

Following implementation of Mayor de Blasio’s 2014 Small Business Relief Package, small business fines dropped. In FY 2016, revenue from fines placed against retail stores and tobacco dealers totaled $10 million, 33 percent less than collections of $14 million in FY 2012. Restaurant fines had risen sharply following the implementation of letter grades in 2010, with fines increasing 47 percent in just two years from $36 million in FY 2010 to $54 million in FY 2012. In 2013, the City Council and Mayor de Blasio reached an agreement to reduce fines for minor violations and waive penalties for restaurants with a small number of offenses. After these changes, the amount of annual restaurant fine revenue was similar to collections prior to adoption of the grading system.[2]


Quality of Life Fines

“Quality of Life” fines are imposed by a variety of agencies and adjudicated by the City’s Environmental Control Board (ECB) hearing division of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Revenues from these fines increased by 29 percent from $143 million in FY 2012 to $184 million in FY 2016 (See Figure 6).[3] The City issued approximately 700,000 quality of life violations in FY 2016 – a 51 percent increase in summonses since FY 2013. Approximately two-thirds of the summonses were issued by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for improper waste disposal, dirty sidewalks, and other trash or public cleanliness infractions (See Figure 7).


Other quality of life infractions in this broad category include illegal operation of a motorized scooter, building and fire code violations, bicycle riding restrictions, and unauthorized vending. Since FY 2013, recycling summonses and dirty sidewalk violations have climbed by 82 percent and 125 percent respectively. Department of Buildings quality of life summonses such as violation of construction safety rules also increased 22 percent while transportation related fines rose 145 percent.
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Didn't fuckface lower the speed limit in the city to 25 or something aka why the speed camera numbers doubled... I bet in a few years you will see average speed cameras and gridlock cameras.



This one is in California (natch) if you get caught in the grid when the light changes you get a ticket for $35.
 
Didn't fuckface lower the speed limit in the city to 25 or something aka why the speed camera numbers doubled... I bet in a few years you will see average speed cameras and gridlock cameras.



This one is in California (natch) if you get caught in the grid when the light changes you get a ticket for $35.
Yup. I just got a fine in the mail yesterday for my girl doing 10 over in a school zone in bklyn.
 
Yup. I just got a fine in the mail yesterday for my girl doing 10 over in a school zone in bklyn.
And if its the way they had it on Ontario the car "got" the ticket... so if you don't pay it they won't let you register it. Kinda the same way with partking tickets.

How much was the fine after all the various surcharges btw? Gonna guess $80?
 

mascan42

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And if its the way they had it on Ontario the car "got" the ticket... so if you don't pay it they won't let you register it. Kinda the same way with partking tickets.

How much was the fine after all the various surcharges btw? Gonna guess $80?
Surcharges, plus speeding in a school zone so endangering the lives of the precious children, plus it's New York, so probably closer to $150.
 
And if its the way they had it on Ontario the car "got" the ticket... so if you don't pay it they won't let you register it. Kinda the same way with partking tickets.

How much was the fine after all the various surcharges btw? Gonna guess $80?
Yeah, the cams don't get the driver, so the owner of the car gets the ticket regardless. It was $50, no points.
 

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DeBlasio tried to do away with test-based admissions to NYC's elite high schools in order to correct the severe melanin deficiencies.

Nope... no such thing as yellow guilt. The chinks slapped his shit down.

 
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