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CBS6 Investigates: Albany Mayor responds to invalid parking tickets

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ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke to CBS 6, reacting to our exclusive investigation into invalid parking tickets that were issued in Albany for months.

“This is an issue where the tickets, once issued, can be adjudicated,” said Mayor Sheehan.

CBS 6 spoke with several Albany Parking Authority employees who say for a period of several months, invalid parking tickets were issued. The employees say they expressed concerns to their supervisors.

"Our supervisor, he told us, as long as the public doesn't know, then we're not worry about it - and for us to continue to write these tickets that were not legit”, one of the Parking Authority employees said.

CBS 6 obtained examples of a recently issued valid ticket, and one of the invalid tickets issued several months ago. Attorney Paul Harding told us what's legally required on a ticket.

“Make and model of the car, license plate, where the ticket was issued, and a lot of that stuff was left out - if you plead not guilty by reason the ticket being deficient, the ticket should be dismissed,” Harding said.

“If there’s a flaw in the ticket, it can be re-issued, so I don’t know what the story is here except that when people park illegally in the City of Albany they should expect to have to pay their ticket,” Mayor Sheehan told CBS 6.

"The Authority was notified in late August that the ticket format established by a new vendor was missing some technical identifying information. The Authority took action immediately and notified the vendor, who had to develop a new format and reorder ticket paper, and the new ticketing system was finalized in January and has been fully implemented.

Both the City and the Authority took proactive steps to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. During this process, parking violations were enforced as usual.”

City of Albany Interim Corporation Counsel Bill Kelly also responded in a statement:

“All owners or operators of vehicles who receive parking violations have the opportunity to plead guilty or appeal their citation to the Parking Violations Bureau. Those ticketed may further present their positions or arguments to a member of our Law Department and ultimately before a Court of Law. Opinions or beliefs regarding the sufficiency of a ticket or the merit of one’s claim may be discussed at all stages of the process.”

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