NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Earlier this summer, Park Slope resident Bill Herman and his wife were ticketed for parking at a decommissioned bus stop. As CBS 2HD’s Mark Morgan reports, his repeated attempts to have the ticket dismissed, per the city’s Finance Department’s earlier promise, resulted in only letters stating he could pay a reduced fine instead of the ticket being dismissed outright.

“Infuriating. I think most people would just roll over and pay the $90,” Herman said.

The location where Herman and his wife were ticketed, at that time, had a sign posted that said “this is no longer a bus stop.” Now a “no standing anytime” sign is there, prohibiting parking from the former stop, all the way to the corner.

Over 500 stops were shut down by the MTA back in late June due to service cuts. All five boroughs were affected, with many stops closed in the Bronx and in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield said his office fielded many complaints from people who feel they were wrongly ticketed.

Said Greenfield: “$150 is a lot of money for the average New Yorker and it’s really unfair that the Finance Department simply would not cancel these tickets.”

The Department would not grant an on camera interview to CBS 2HD, but released this statement by Press Secretary Owen Stone: “If anyone feels they have received a ticket in error, they should contest it with the Department of Finance. If they do not want to take the settlement offer, no further action is required, and a judge will take a look at the case and dismiss the ticket if it is invalid.”

The slow, bureaucratic process will likely continue to frustrate Bill Herman and any other New Yorkers who were waiting for this problem to be resolved.

The Department also said letters offering settlements were part of a long-standing computerized system that pre-dates this current problem.

New York City promised to dismiss parking tickets given to drivers who parked in decommissioned bus stops.

Comments (11)
  1. Bill Herman says:

    Ms. Fearnley, of course I have every sympathy, and I support your quest for an end to capricious “law enforcement” used as extortionist fund raising. Contact your city council member as well as David Greenfield.

    If your case is still en route to trial, in principle Finance is just processing your “Not Guilty” verdict and you’ll be exonerated at trial. I was skeptical in my case and you should be skeptical in yours.

  2. Bill Herman says:

    I got two letters from Finance today stating that the tickets have been dismissed. Thank you, Wall Street Journal and CBS 2 for covering this and helping an average (if new) New Yorker.

    1. Libby Fearnley says:

      Mr. Herman, my husband had the same thing happen, though it happened AFTER they took down the bus stop sign completely and put up the new sign saying “No Parking Monday 9-10:30.” We sent in photos and they rejected our appeal. Any advice would be well appreciated! We don’t have $150 to pay for the city’s mistake!

  3. John says:

    At the time he parked there the only signs posted were the No Styandin Bus Stop sign which was then covered by the DOT sign that stated it was no longer a bus stop. Subsequent to the issuance of the summons the DOT placed a No Standing Sign. The City did publically announce that all tickets in matters of Bus Stops being decommissioned would be dismissed

  4. valerie says:

    When he parked there, there was no sign to say “no standing anytime” from what I understand. So technically he should not have been ticketed.

  5. BS Meter says:

    Going a step further, the elimination of bus routes and indiv. bus stops — should be WELL known by local precincts, by the DOT and every resident affected by these frustrating decisions. If this is as simple as a bus stop reverting back to a simple sidewalk without other restrictions — this should never happen. That is the story, about the inept thread that leads to the ticketing and lack of understanding of which bus lines are now GONE.

    NYC taxpayers pay, one way or the other. The DOT itself repairs and in these cases, actually removes the bus stops/enclosures — so NYC is well aware of which bus stops are now vestiges (for when the MTA actually was focused on transportation infrastructure.

  6. Devenio says:

    Don’t take it. Fight the ticket.

  7. Tony says:

    Do you think the judge would dismiss the ticket? Think again… The judge always sides with the DOF… and pay the full fine instead of the reduced fine… It’s only a lose-lose situation for New Yorkers…

  8. Jeffrey Rosen ret NYPD says:

    If the sign said “no standing’ he has no case, period. Did he wonder why the spot was available in the first place? It’s because every other driver was law abiding and knew not to park there. If they’re offering you a reduced fine, TAKE IT!!!

    1. Mike G. says:

      J. R. Next time read the story completely. It says “The location where Herman and his wife were ticketed, at that time, had a sign posted that said “this is no longer a bus stop.” Now a “no standing anytime” sign is there, prohibiting parking from the former stop, all the way to the corner”. The “no standing” sign did not go up ’till later.

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