NYPD union mocks proposal to pay New Yorkers for ratting out parking violators


The Sergeants Benevolent Association is taking jabs at a proposal to pay New Yorkers for reporting drivers, including cops, who park their cars illegally.

“Imagine if every cop wrote a summons to every vehicle parked illegally or vehicles that are in violation of the vehicle and traffic laws,” the SBA tweeted Friday.

“We could probably bail out NYC, NYS and even feed the homeless. Everyone will then get exactly what they ask for,” the union snarked.

The bill from Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) would encourage citizens to report illegal parking in certain bike lanes, bus lanes sidewalks and crosswalks — by giving them a 25 percent cut of the fine if the scofflaw is found guilty.

Under Levin’s proposal, New Yorkers would only receive cash for violations reported within 1,320 feet of a school, but all cars — including NYPD patrol cars and cars with government-issued permits — would be eligible for penalties.

The SBA’s suggestion to ticket every illegally-parked car in the city appeared to be sarcastic — but bill’s supporters piled on in support.

“Great idea! Glad to see you’re in favor of ticketing cop cars parked illegally and using fake placards,” Brooklyn bike advocate Doug Gordon posted in response.

City officials have repeatedly tried to rein in illegal placard use by cops and other city employees, and repeatedly failed.

The most recent “crackdown” — a bill package passed last November — had little impact on illegal placard abuse around police precincts and other government buildings, The Post reported in January.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s three-strikes policy for motorists who use the city-issued placards to park illegally, meanwhile, yanked permits from only two employees in its first 19 months.

Levin said he modeled his new proposal on an existing initiative that pays citizens to turn snitch on idling vehicles. That program has paid out $183,000 this year alone, according to Streetsblog.

Some critics warned cash rewards for snitching would sow distrust among city residents.

“#NYC prepping #NewYorkers to become comfortable in #snitching. Net step will be snitching on your #neighbors,” Twitter user @EugeneDimitrief posted.

Still others reveled in the potential pay-off.

“Hope @NYCCouncil passes this proposed legislation before the holidays,” joked another Twitter user, @RockawayVivian.

“I know a place in Kingsbridge where I could rack up some serious Xmas cash.”

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