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Mom’s Ticket Prompts New Bill From Queens Lawmaker

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Parking Ticket (Photo/, FILE)

Parking Ticket (Photo/, FILE)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Everybody loves their mother.

Especially State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker.

DenDekker, whose local office is in Jackson Heights, Queens, introduced a bill that would make municipalities pay motorists $100 for tickets doled out erroneously.

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So if you got a ticket and it was wrong, and you fought it – voila, $100.

Why the unusual bill?

Perhaps it has to do with his 74-year-old mother, Jacqueline.

She was issued a summons last August for violating the alternate-side parking rule near her home on 31st Avenue. The ticket was issued on a Thursday even though the regulation is in effect only for a few hours on Wednesdays.

“Before you send out a letter, wouldn’t you look it up and check to see that they’re right and I’m wrong,” Jacqueline DenDekker said. “Nobody bothered. I have to do their work.”

1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria with the story from Jacqueline DenDekker

DenDekker appealed the ticket, complete with a letter from a councilman and evidence showing that it was wrongly issued. However, the judge said she needed more proof and photographs of the no parking sign.

“I’d like a letter of apology,” DenDekker said. “I’m just very annoyed. I ain’t got time to run up and down the block taking pictures.”

What do you think? Would you like to get paid if you fought a ticket and won? Sound off in our comments section.

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