CBS6 Investigates: Invalid parking tickets in Albany

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) CBS6 spoke with several Albany Parking Authority employees who say for a period of several months, invalid parking tickets were issued.

“There was missing information from the tickets,” one of the employees tells CBS6.

The employees spoke with CBS6 on condition their identities would be concealed.

“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 employees said.

According to NY State law, there is certain information needed for a ticket to be legally valid.

A license plate description, license plate type, expiration date of the registration, make or model, and body type of the vehicle are all things required by law on a parking ticket. If one of these things are missing, the law says the ticket is required to be dismissed.

CBS6 obtained examples of a recently issued valid ticket, and one of the invalid tickets issued several months ago.

“If you're not issuing a ticket with all the appropriate information, then that falls back on us. That's a freebie for the public,” said one of the employees.

A spokesman for the Albany Parking Authority responded to repeated requests for an interview through a statement:

“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."

CBS6 also contacted Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office for a comment. Interim Corporation Counsel Bill Kelly 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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