NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Independent Budget Office said nearly $15 million in street vendor fines went unpaid in fiscal 2009.

The agency’s new report said the city’s street vendor regulations are costly, confusing and “leave many disgruntled.”

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An organization called the Street Vendor Project agrees. Its legal director, Matt Shapiro, said many officers and inspectors find the laws confusing. He says that makes enforcement “extremely difficult.”

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Vendor Rosa Cardoso told The Wall Street Journal she got about 20 fines last year, with over $2,000 in penalties.

Several were for parking her midtown Manhattan food cart too far from the curb. Cardoso says she has daily hassles competing with other vendors for a space.

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