Lawmakers: Sanitation Workers Caught On Video Issuing Bogus Tickets To Brooklyn Homeowners

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Local lawmakers are accusing some New York City sanitation agents of fraud and perjury.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Sen. Jeff Klein said three agents were caught on surveillance video in Brooklyn issuing homeowners tickets for violations they did not commit.

“If we know about these three false tickets, I can only imagine how many more cases of fraud there must be,” Hikind said.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

Homeowner Monty Katz said he was issued a bogus summons and won the case after catching the sanitation agent on video.

“I was appalled,” Katz said. “If it was done to me, it was done to hundreds and hundreds of people out there who do not have video cameras and have to repay it because they don’t have any proof whatsoever.”

Hikind and Klein are introducing legislation which would require sanitation agents to photograph and document the condition of a property at the time a ticket is issued.

“Anyone who has ever received a violation knows it always comes down to their word against the agent’s word,” Hikind said. “With photographic evidence, there can be no dispute as to the guilt or innocence of a property owner.”

“A picture is not only worth a thousand words, but also time, money, and faith in the system,” said Klein.

Hikind said sanitation tickets carry a fine of at least $100 and that the false violations “are nothing more than a money-maker for the city.”

Klein told CBS 2’s John Slattery that “It’s our job to put money back in people’s pockets, not take it out of them.”

A sanitation spokesman said the department is investigating.

  • Larry
  • sickntiredinNYC

    This doesn’t only happen in Brooklyn, but the East Village in Manhattan as well. We were issued a bogus violation, on a spotlessly clean sidewalk which my super photographed right after he saw the ticket. Although the fine was waived, the judge still wrote that there was no proof on our part (duh, a photo!) because the super didn’t sign the photograph.

    Anyway, I think photographs by the agents will only encourage them to spread trash around people’s property and take the photos… Seriously, it’s the most corrupt of city agencies, the Sanitation dept…

  • DanTe

    Sue Bloomberg. It’s all his ticket quota fault.

  • A

    This happened to my parents house in Queens!! They were issued a ticket when they were in Florida and there was no one home putting garbage outside!!!!!

  • Local113ShovelLeaners

    The fat, lazy, union worker….

  • RH

    If the “City” loses the case, why not have the agent pay the cost of the case, for the losses incurred by the defendents to defend tthemselves, with their job and finally their PENSION! Seems only fair!

  • mak

    We got nailed twice by these tickets. One time I saw the guys sitting outside in the car so I went out to find out what was wrong. He told me that I was getting a ticket because I didn’t have a reclycing sticker on my can. I stepped over to the can and turned it around so the guy could see the sticker from his car. He told me because I didn’t have the can facing the correct direction so he could see the sticker from his car that I was still going to get the ticket. When I protested he said that I could go fight the ticket in court.

    My husband had put a complaint in the week before because the garbage guys dropped garbage all over the street from a misflung bag and didn’t bother picking it up. We just figured the ticket was payback for us complaining.

  • Abner

    Very likely the guys issuing the tickets are under pressure from them their supervisors.

  • brooklyn4ever

    My husband and I were hit with one of these “bogus” tickets and he had to take a day off from work,lose the days pay and go before a judge all for something that never occured. It amazes me that these creeps have nothing better to do. Fortunately, he had a great judge that put two and two together and dismissed the ticket or else we would have been out of $100 along with the loss of the days pay. This city has some racket going.

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