By: Rusty Brooks
The owner of a small milk delivery service is outraged at NYC for thousands of dollars’ worth of parking tickets, they are not able to contest because the courts are still not fully functioning, because of COVID.
The reopening of the courts in NYC, have been very sluggish, even as the rest of the city has returned to normalcy.
NY Post reported:
The city Department of Finance’s refusal to resume in-person hearings or even hold them virtually during the past 19 months on parking tickets clashes with Hizzoner’s own criticism of the state judiciary for its sluggish reopening of the courts and slow-walking criminal cases.
“We’re not Amazon. We’re not UPS or Fed-Ex or a billionaire-dollar company. We’re a small business trying to survive,” said Matt Marone, co-owner of Manhattan Milk.
Marone’s business made headlines a few years ago, for bringing back an old-fashioned service, which many have long forgotten.
Co-owner and partner Frank Acosta, whom The Post profiled last year as the hunky milk delivery man who women swoon over said, “This policy doesn’t make any sense. It’s almost forcing us to close the company and start somewhere else — like Florida.”
The entrepreneurs say they can’t challenge some of the $30,000 plus parking tickets that could get dismissed during a live hearing — such as $115 tickets for double parking while making deliveries, The Post reported.
NYC in general makes in next to impossible to deliver anything, especially in Manhattan. Fedex drivers and UPS drivers literally accumulate millions of dollars of parking tickets each year, for having to double park in order to do their jobs. These multinational corporations, have no problem paying these tickets, and don’t bother contesting them. Over the last decade, parking spots have vanished in Manhattan, replaced by Citi Bike depots, more bus stops, increased bike lanes, etc. NYC is considered the most business unfriendly place in America.
“The government looks at delivery drivers as a revenue stream and seem to focus more on people trying to do their job, than stopping actual crime, I deliver for Uber Eats, and Door-dash, I’m going to start doing my job in New Jersey, it is impossible to work here”, a gig work driver told TJV.
NY Pot reported:
After more than a week of inquiries, a Finance Department spokesperson confirmed that live hearings are not being held for commercial delivery firms who want to contest their tickets. Live hearings are only held for non-commercial drivers.