Newburgh Parking Tribunal Bill Signed by Governor
Measure sponsored by Skartados will free up City Court and bring needed revenue to city
August 17, 2012
Parking tickets in Newburgh are piling up and the city is missing out on much-needed revenue. That will all change now that a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Poughkeepsie/Newburgh/Beacon) was signed by Governor Cuomo (A.9771). The new law will allow the City of Newburgh to set up an administrative tribunal to handle parking tickets. Under current law, the City Court is supposed to handle parking tickets. But those rarely get adjudicated because of the more serious criminal matter before the court. “The city court deals with a lot of important criminal matters and they don’t have time to address these tickets,” Skartados said. “That means that the city is missing out on needed funds. And the new tribunal will cut down on case backlogs, freeing up time for the critical work that needs to be done.” Under the new law, the tribunal will help the city collect over $3 million from the over 60,000 outstanding tickets in Newburgh, helping to close the existing budget gap.