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Bloomberg Dodges Questions On Bronx Ticket Fixing Allegations

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With about two dozen Bronx NYPD officers facing possible criminal charges for ticket fixing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ducked direct questions about the issue on Monday.

“In terms of this investigation, it’s an ongoing investigation.  I’m not going to comment on it at all,” Bloomberg said.

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However, Bloomberg did make mention of an electronic system used by the police department that he said made it inconceivable to fix a ticket.

“The practice of just calling up and saying ‘can you fix a ticket for me,’ really isn’t possible anymore because once something is in the database electronically, there’s somebody that can look to see what was removed and go and see why,” Bloomberg told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks hears from Mayor Bloomberg

Bloomberg said ticket fixing was a problem in the past, but is unlikely to be a major issue today.

Last week, sources said grand jury indictments targeting as many as 40 police officers were expected to come shortly.

Those sources also indicated that NYPD Internal Affairs investigators have been secretly wire-tapping calls made to and from dozens of police officers and reportedly have thousands of hours of tapes.

The case reportedly started by accident. The owner of a barbershop not far from the 43d Precinct in the Bronx apparently called his cop son to see about fixing a ticket. That phone call was being tapped by Internal Affairs officers, who were investigating local drug trafficking, according to CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Though Bloomberg was adamant about ticket fixing being “almost impossible,” the mayor did admit “there’s always the possibility of somebody scamming any system.”

“You can never make it a 100 percent bulletproof,” he said.

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  • AL

    Tickets are ALWAYS revenue sources, never punishment. That is why crime is always so high – Cops would are trained to write tickets rather than catch criminals. Very happy something is finally being done to these PIGS. You Reap What You Sow

  • joseph

    there was a audio tape of a precient in brooklyn with the sargent telling his cops to get more tickets the mayor says he wants to be remebered as the greatestmayor in ny yet he cant balance a surplus when economics is his profession and there are more scandals under him then him then all the mayors put together after 3 terms we still dont have money great busniessman that you are and crime is up again with 40000 cops thats more than armies of countries put physical for cops and soldiersfrom iraqto cops

  • Paul

    Duh! Hence the complaint! The issue here is when he gets to the bottom of it how does he get it fixed city wide, or try? Let him verify the problem, there may be some insight on how they are doing it to stop it else where or identify it happening else where and stop it. Doesn’t anyone who reads the times have a brain?

  • Paul

    He did not dodge it, he didn’t have anything new to add. Why such a negative reporter and newspaper. Why is the glass always half empty?

  • cbs4game

    Mayor Bloomberg is a socialist and Pro-Islamic fundamentalist.

    • Paul

      The test is complete your IQ is: 54

  • Gary Fales

    someone’s making money.

    • Paul

      Duh, that is what the complaint is about. Can I get you on the show, “Are you smarter than a 5th Grader”?

  • Nuff said

    The cops are crook’s and everybody knows it. And Bloomberg is a politician, Period. Nuff said !

  • Carlos Liriano

    the mayor don’t want to say it right out the bag, but he knows that a lots of PO in all of NYC precints are crooks in blue

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