Authorizes the city of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for the adjudication of parking infractions; further authorizes the city of Newburgh to provide for the appointment of hearing officers.
Ayes (7): Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Valesky, Thompson, Johnson C, Little, Bonacic
Excused (1): Morahan
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (2): Larkin, Morahan
BILL NUMBER: S641
TITLE OF BILL : An act to authorize the city of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for the adjudication of parking infractions
PURPOSE : Authorizes the city of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal to handle all parking tickets.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This bill amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new section to allow the City of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for the adjudication of parking infractions. It also authorizes the City of Newburgh to provide for the appointment, through local law, of hearing examiners for such administrative adjudications from a list of eligible candidates in accordance with the provisions of Article 2-B of the Vehicle & Traffic Law. This bill is based on Chapter 627 of the Laws of 2005 which authorized the City of Utica to establish such an administrative tribunal.
EXISTING LAW : Currently, Newburgh is not authorized to establish an administrative tribunal to handle parking tickets.
JUSTIFICATION : Parking tickets in Newburgh are currently handled by the City Court which requires numerous hours of court time and use of court personnel. These tickets are rarely adjudicated because of the more serious criminal cases and infractions pending in the Newburgh City Court. Further, since these tickets are not adjudicated, the City of Newburgh losses significant revenue each year. This bill would help the City to adjudicate over 60,000 outstanding tickets and collect tines that are totaling over $3 million.
The City of Newburgh has requested this bill to reduce City Court case backlogs, increase traffic infraction penalty collections, to establish a more efficient way to manage the parking ticket system, and to establish a system whereby motorists would abide by the parking laws established by the City.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.8311 of 2006
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the State.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : The City of Newburgh anticipates to increase its collection of parking ticket revenues.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 641 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 12, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to authorize the city of Newburgh to establish an administrative tribunal for the adjudication of parking infractions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The city of Newburgh, acting through its governing body, is hereby authorized to establish an administrative tribunal for the adju- dication of parking infractions, subject to the provisions of article 2-B of the vehicle and traffic law. The city of Newburgh is in addition authorized to provide by local law for the appointment of hearing exam- iners for such administrative adjudications from a list of eligible candidates including, but not limited to, judges, magistrates or other officers within the city who have satisfied established standards, in accordance with the provisions of article 2-B of the vehicle and traffic law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05200-01-9