NYC Sees Big Slump in Arrests & Fines

Reuters/Yahoo News:

A NYPD patrol car sits parked behind an illegally parked FedEx truck  in the Queens borough of New York

A sharp drop in arrests and fines in New York may prove costly for the city but it could already be hurting some traffic lawyers and bail bonds firms, which are seeing their phones ring less often as fewer people are in trouble and need help.

The slump in arrest volume – last week’s total was around half that recorded a year ago – is seen by supporters of new York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as evidence of a work slowdown by police officers angered by recent comments he made that they viewed as anti-police. Police unions say they have not sanctioned a slowdown.

“We’re seeing less phone calls, less emails, less faxes from people with tickets that are newly issued,” said New York traffic lawyer Matthew Weiss. “It started at the beginning of the year.” Revenues for his New York City traffic ticket business – including moving violations and criminal matters – are down roughly 30 percent to 40 percent since the end of December.

Traffic lawyers typically represent motorists who are pulled over by police for alleged offenses such as speeding, texting and reckless driving. They may also fight parking tickets.

“I’ve definitely noticed a drop in calls,” said lawyer Isaac Abraham. Abraham said the fall in business could, however, be an impact from the holidays and it was too early to tell if it was from the fewer reported arrests.

The number of arrests across the city plunged to 2,401 from 5,448 in the week ending Sunday compared with the same period the previous year, with parking and driving-related tickets down more than 90 percent according to New York Police Department data.

Parking fines are a small but significant revenue source for the city. Revenues from parking violation fines for 2014 amounted to $542 million, according to data from New York’s Office of Management and Budget. That equates to around $10 million a week, still a fraction of the city’s $75 billion budget.

If parking ticket revenues take a long-term knock, it could pressure a budget that has had a persistent, though shrinking, long-term deficit. New York City’s Comptroller’s office said they did not have granular enough data to be able to assess the financial impact of the drop in arrests and summonses.

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Parasite lawyers and bail bondsmen are being negatively impacted by a slowdown in enforcement of minor offenses?  Hard to see that as a negative.

Perhaps if the police had the support of their mayor and commissioner they would be more vigorous in their duties. Maybe if they weren’t concerned about getting shot by every black person they come across, they would be issuing more tickets.

Maybe Mayor deBlasio should have thought about the possible consequences before he jumped on the wrong side of this issue. If there’s a negative impact on the city budget, I suggest they start tapering back by cutting the mayor’s salary.

~Kathy

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13 Responses to NYC Sees Big Slump in Arrests & Fines

  1. Hardnox says:

    This is too funny. Paybacks are hell.

    Seriously… what the hell did they expect after vilifying the police? No doubt there is also a hesitation when a call comes in “shots fired”… gee, we’re stuck in traffic or something.

    • Kathy says:

      Yep, and don’t you know deBlasio is burning up the phone lines to the commissioner, hehehe

      • upaces88 says:

        That is a very passive-aggressive move on the part of the Police Dept. Just maybe the citizens will start screaming “HELP US!!”

        Let them see what a “lawless city really looks like” without the Police.

  2. CW says:

    You have to love the irony of this dilemma for deBlasio. Unions have the power they have because of leftists like him, so he has helped to create the thorn that is now in his side. Kind of makes you want to get a bucket of popcorn and a giant soda and just enjoy the show.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    Maybe it is not an union organized slow down but an individual incentive on behalf of New York’s finest because of common sense reasoning: Why risk my life in a confrontation when the city, mayor and MSM always take the side of the criminal?

  4. Clyde says:

    I DO see a GOOD side. Most of these “lawyers” in the Rotten Apple are staunch libs, so less money in THEIR pockets means less money in liberal democrat pockets.

  5. vonMesser says:

    Maybe if they stop policing the ghetto, the people there will either
    1. Demand more cops – and supporting them
    2. Start cleaning up their own cesspools
    3. Start joining the police force and seeing first hand how bad it is

  6. Blessed B. says:

    The slow down is due to the NY police not going to the crime scenes when it’s a black on black crime…they also are not giving out tickets to black drivers , just a warning.

    This drop in in calls and such tells me that the majority of the arrests and tickets that were issued before were to blacks.

    The Police aren’t going to respond to crimes perpetrated by blacks as the de blasio won’t stand up for them. I don’t blame the police one little bit! Why put your arse in the line of fire when you will be called a racist or worse for doing your duty?

    De blasio should resign or get thrown out of office. He’s such a little whiner!

  7. Terry says:

    However…the undertakers are expecting a huge increase in business.