Reporting Carol D'Auria
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.
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.”
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.”
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