Snowed-In NY Residents Complain Over Parking Tickets

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBS 2) — As if the blizzard wasn’t enough, now some New Yorkers are being forced to pay for it. Police in one Westchester community have started writing tickets for vehicles still stuck from Sunday’s storm.

Is that a ticket on your car? The city of Port Chester says you’ve abandoned it, while maybe you think it’s just stuck.

“That’s ridiculous, because we had no place to put the snow,” resident Hector Hernandez said.

The summons is for occupying a street parking slot for more than one day. It’s a lightly enforced rule, residents say on the side roads, residents say, except when the snow makes it especially easy for the officer writing the ticket.

“They use the snow as a marker,” resident Frank Baratta said. “I am sure that car hasn’t been moved.”

Residents also say there seems to be no rhyme or reason for some getting the ticket while others don’t.

One resident really got a raw deal. Neighbors say he’s trapped out of town because of the storm, and when he gets back, he’ll have to dig out his car, pay the ticket, and then dig out another spot so he can move his car there. To many, it hardly seems fair.

“It’s crazy. I mean, it makes no sense because they can’t get the cars out,” South Salem resident Graham Wolfson said. “They’re looking for a revenue stream, you know?”

One city official suggested that the ticket blitz was designed to facilitate street cleaning, but the plows haven’t touched any of the mounds left where snowed-in cars used to be – instead, they’re continuing to plow down the middle of the street.

“Since they had rescinded alternate side in the street in the city, you would think in the outlying areas which were much worse, it would be the same thing,” resident Nick Pagani, who got one of the tickets himself, said.

Police in Port Chester wouldn’t comment on the issue, except to hand out a copy of the ordinance that says a car has to be moved in 24 hours, storm or not. No explanation was given as to why some cars were ticketed while others were not, and it was suggested that defendants can tell it to the judge.

Residents of nearby Greenwich, Connecticut also had to move their vehicles, but drivers say warnings were issued first.


One Comment

  1. Get Real says:

    The storm was a week ago…if people are too lazy to dig their cars out after a WEEK, then they deserve a ticket.

  2. jack offer says:

    fyi police officer can park their car any where with out getting a fine! They this special plastic sign they place by the wind shield, with nypd officer cough

  3. Jim Falcone says:

    fyi police office can park their car any where with out getting a fine!

  4. Maark says:

    If they have time to write the ticket , being public servants they might be better to pick up a shovel and help.

  5. C.J. says:

    New York sucks. Would never live there.

    1. Bubba Roy says:


  6. Bob says:

    NYPD TRAFFIC police are leaches with no soul. Have you seen these people. Walking dead. They would starve to death if the city didn’t create their leach, revenue generating ticketing job. SO USELESS.

    1. The Good Samaritan says:

      they must obey the law

      The Good Samaritan has spoken!!!!

    2. Get Real says:

      Port Chester is not in the city, it’s in Westchester. NYPD has nothing to do with this.

  7. The Good Samaritan says:

    If they were told to move thier cars then they must pay

    The Good Samaritan has spoken!!!!

  8. travlinjack says:

    buy a shovel knuckleheads!

    1. E Cartledge says:

      Residents on East 94th Street in Brooklyn, N. Y. zip 11212 has not seen a plow truck or salt spreader since the snow blizzard.

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        call 911

        The Good Samaritan

  9. Jim Gordon says:

    Say thank you to the $100,000 salary police officer who ticked you

  10. RDH says:

    Its the city’s responsiblilty to remove snow from City Streets when they dig thier cars out send the city a bill for twice the amount of the ticket

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  12. aldous huxley says:

    This is taking advantage of people and it is a real shame. Hopefully voters will remember this treatment come election time.

    Officers, you are losing your souls for the way you treat people. Seriously, tread with caution. Every negative action committed with intent does come back to you.

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