Monday’s Headlines: One Placard Abuser Gets Caught Edition

Sometimes all you need is a note and a union courtesy card.
Sometimes all you need is a note and a union courtesy card.

We had to admit to enjoying the Post’s big scoop over the weekend that the NYPD had finally arrested a placard-abusing MTA employee whose illegal parking and corruption had been in plain sight for years (frequently documented by the Placard Abuse account on Twitter).

According to the Post’s story, MTA conductor Harry Gomez was arrested on Friday afternoon and his car was towed away from one of his old placard haunts in Lower Manhattan. But the Post’s scratch-the-surface story must have confused mainstream media readers who are simply not aware of the low-level corruption by thousands of city and state employees.

Our readers, of course, are well aware of it through our latest March (Parking) Madness series (which enters the second round today!), and our frequent links to Placard Abuse on social media.

As documented by that watchdog site, Gomez has been at this game for months:

So here’s hoping the arrest of Harry Gomez after dozens of 311 calls is just a start (but we’re not convinced, given our coverage today of the paltry enforcement effort the NYPD is currently putting in).

In other news:

  • The NYPD is asking the public for help in finding a donut-doing driver whose stunt went awry and he critically injured man who had tripped in front of his car. The Daily News covered, but we’ve embedded the video below:

  • Speaking of reckless driving, another motorist has failed to see the Jersey barrier right in front of him or her — and flipped a car. It’s a reminder of why bike lanes need to be protected. (Citizen)
  • For some reason, the Daily News and amNY finally got around to reporting on the death of Queens pedestrian Thomas Soong. We had the story last week.
  • Republican organizers are trying to weaponize high gas prices, when, in fact, generations of Americans under both Democratic and Republic presidents are to blame for our nation’s filthy demand for oil. (NY Post)
  • Meanwhile, the Post wants readers to feel sorry for a hotel worker who drives into the city every day from Pennsylvania. And we do empathize with a hard-working man who has a hard commute — but the best public policy to help him and other workers is affordable housing near job centers and transit to get people to and from, not encouraging more driving.
  • Queens Borough President Donovan Richards supports ferry service to LaGuardia Airport. (NY Post)
  • We appreciated that the Times finally got around to covering the fight to reduce idling on the streets of the city — which was clearly inspired by our reporting last week — yet we have no idea why the Gray Lady chose to ignore the actual news in our story.
  • That said, we appreciated the Times’s tribute to Brooklyn pizza legend Dom DeMarco.
  • Wow, the old curmudgeon in Red Hook is really angry about anything that would discourage driving! (Star Revue)
  • And, finally, the mayor tweeted a picture of himself in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, but he missed an opportunity to complain, as all straphangers do, of its decrepit condition both under the ground and above ground, where Transit District 30 cops abuse their placards with impunity.


Police Use Illegal License Plate Covers to Break Traffic Laws and Cheat Tolls

After a month with @NYPDONeill on the job, perp cars still getting through @NYPDnews HQ checks with illegal license plate covers.@OIGNYPD — placard corruption (@placardabuse) October 17, 2016 To gauge what police think about traffic laws and street safety, it’s instructive to observe how they abuse their authority with their personal vehicles. On Twitter, @placardabuse does yeoman’s work […]

Eyes on the Street: Cops With Placards Turn Ninth Avenue Into Parking Lot

Illegally converting left-turn lane for placard parking creates a dangerous hooking situation for cyclists @NYC_DOT — placard corruption (@placardabuse) June 14, 2016 Well, this is a pretty brazen display of entitlement from the placarded class. Parking watchdog @placardabuse tweeted these photos of private vehicles parked in a turn lane on Ninth Avenue at 34th […]

Bratton, de Blasio Release Guidelines on How to Use Fake Parking Placards

Standing outside 1 Police Plaza this morning, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping expansion of New York City’s fake parking placard program. “It is deeply, profoundly unfair that an insular cadre of entitled jerks can park in bus stops with impunity, forcing old ladies with canes to shuffle awkwardly into the […]