MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is looking to add a $105 fee to traffic and parking tickets.

The public safety fee was introduced as part of Mangano’s 2017 budget proposal and could double the current fines for traffic and parking tickets in Nassau County, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Mangano says the fee would help pay for the police force to work overtime in policing public events, and would alleviate homeowners from potential tax increases. 

“First, good news for homeowners, there is no property tax increase. Second, we live in unprecedented times. I feel very strongly we need to hire another 150 police officers,” Mangano said.

Nassau County legislator Kevan Abrahams says he worries that increased fees with prompt people to leave the county in search of less expensive living conditions.

“It’s extremely unfair,” Abrahams said. “I mean look, no one should be running lights and we should all be driving safer in this town — but the punishment needs to fit the actual offense or the crime.”

Right now, a red light camera ticket is $50, with a $45 administration fee that brings the total to $95. According to Abrahams, the new fee would bring the total cost up to nearly $200 per ticket.

“We’re not going to attract young people, we’re not going to keep people here…with unfair fees,” Abrahams said.

Brian Carter of Williston Park told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan it’s “outrageous.”

“It’s absolutely outrageous. First of all, how can they charge you a fee whether you are guilty or not guilty?” Carter asked.

A ticketed driver must go to traffic court to prove innocence in order to get the $105 fee waived.

“That’s great. Why don’t we just move to a third-world country?” Sandy Hacker of Oceanside said.

Eric Cruz of Bellmore called it a “pickpocket tax.”

“Pickpocket tax, that’s what we’re getting. Not raising property taxes so politicians can say we didn’t raise property taxes,” Cruz said.

Many drivers said they don’t want higher taxes and welcome more police to keep them safe.

“Clearly, it’s a money grab, banking on people breaking the law? It’s actually dependent on people breaking the law,” Nassau County legislator Laura Curran said.

The AAA called it a bad precedent.

“Especially in the cases of a parking ticket, you might be a minute or two late, and for lack of a quarter, you may have to pay almost $300,” AAA spokesman Robert Sinclar said.

The AAA said the fee puts police in a difficult position, giving out tickets to fund themselves and could erode public confidence.

The county expects to issue 600,000 tickets next year. A $105 added fee for each could create $64 million in new revenue.

The announcement comes after reports that the Nassau County Police Department exceeded its 2015 police overtime budget by nearly $14.4 million, according to Newsday. 

Comments (5)
  1. Eleonora says:

    Scam. Yellow light is too short and that is wrong to do that to people who pay your salary. Highest property taxes, highest tickets and fees. Where is our democracy? We do not want that and would never vote for that. Mangano should be out.

  2. julien says:

    Mangano is no different then a thief who is robbing you on the street, but at least the thief is not concealing the fact that he is robbing you.

  3. Unfortunately this is the camel that broke my back. I have informed my children and my friends. i will be leaving the county as will my children. i have been thinking about it and now I’m firm in my decision. Should one never pass a red light for various and obvious reasons?..yes…do some responsible drivers make mistakes?…yes….my children cannot afford to stay here and cannot afford 200.00 for a mistake…and neither can i…….i stop now for all yellow lights and my brakes are destroyed and i have been hit [lightly in the back because of abrupt stops at yellow lights]. I have too many issues here in Nassau County, therefore I have decided to leave [when is saw this news]. Two very large issues….the roads!!!!! I do home care and have lived at my mechanic this year with various issues he is convinced is caused by the roads in Nassau county! Also, I’m not sure why the Nassau Police drive Suburbans and SUVS….I feel they are more costly. I think there is waste in this county. I will be moving as soon as it is possible .lets see if this this is even read by the county executive

  4. Bill Mulrooney says:

    Start a recall election to dump Mangano and the legislators that voted for this abomination.

  5. sally golfer says:

    DISGUSTING, Who do you think the Drivers are you idiot, Homeowners. Cut you own pay and all the bloated salaries of County employees. CLUELESS

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