Illegal Parking is an Entry Level Edition on Corruption – Streetsblog New York City
The Daily News spoiled a great story on a Saturday, so we’ll tip our hats to reporters Rocco Parascandola and Tom Tracy for a good shot. First the story:
According to to the news, an FBI agent who claimed he was under surveillance in Queens was roughed up and tried to arrest the uniformed NYPD traffic cop who tried to ticket him for illegally parking at a bus stop. “I was just doing my job,” traffic policeman Dipankar Dipu told the newspaper. “Why he assaulted and humiliated me in front of people, I don’t know.”
But of course what happened is clear: the rage that drivers tend to feel whenever their right is challenged. Indeed, according to the News, FBI agent Kenneth Diu held up his sign before he allegedly tried to handcuff Dipu and assaulted him after the heroic traffic cop refused to void the ticket. We’re not shocked that a driver went berserk at someone who called him. But we are shocked that Queens DA Melinda Katz still hasn’t filed a complaint against Diu.
In other news:
- Our friend Reuven Blau has had a clever scoop, thanks to his persistence and a long-awaited Freedom of Information Act request: it turns out that the scourge of defaced or fake license plates is indeed on the rise. . Blau’s story was effective, had great graphics, and mentioned Streetsblog – a trifecta. (The city)
- Mayor Adams said he would reduce the city’s huge fleet of vehicles by 4%, which would be a significant change from the previous administration. (New York Post, amNY)
- Speaking of Mayor Adams, cops go cop. (New York Post)
- The MTA blames slip and fall victims for their own slips and falls. (NYDN)
- All aboard the MTA’s Interborough Express Public Hearings! (amNY)
- In case you missed it, Guse du Newsuh wrote On Friday, on the million questions the supposedly supportive feds asked the MTA about its draft environmental assessment on congestion pricing (which the agency quietly sent to Biden and Co. in February) . The good news is that it looks like the congestion pricing schedule is staying in place (next year at the earliest). We will follow, of course.
- Oh and here is another ICYMI: Times columnist Paul Krugman reminded the rest of the country of what we’ve known for a long time: people in dense cities use far less energy per capita than their suburban counterparts, largely because we drive less. He did not advocate that “we force Americans to live like New Yorkers”, but argued for “allowing more people to live this way by allowing more density”.
- And here another ICYMI: The Times reported on a Tennessee law that will force drunk drivers to pay child support for children orphaned by the death of their parents in an accident with… a drunk driver.