The city raked in close to $1 billion in fines last year — a record high, according to new data released Wednesday by the city Comptroller.
Total fines collected in fiscal year 2016 jumped to $993 million — a 3.7 percent spike compared to the $957 million the year before and the third record in a row.
Fines in 2014 — de Blasio first fiscal year as mayor — clocked in at $890 million.
NYC traffic agents will even hide behind trees. Instead of traffic agents telling motorists about alternate side rules that can be in effect, New York City traffic agents opt to hide behind trees and wait for driver to walk away.
“Fines are an important tool to discourage behavior that can be harmful to others,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer. “At the same time, with the cost of living rising and rents soaring, New Yorkers feel squeezed, and unnecessary fines or overly-aggressive enforcement don’t help.”
The city issues fines for a variety of offenses, from parking violations to building code and public safety infractions.
Here is one example where NYPD and ticket agents couldn’t care less about common sense and will issue tickets to fill quotas. I took this video in 2012 and my video went viral across the country WATCH:
In 2016, parking violations came in at $545 million — 55 percent of total revenue from fines.
During his 2013 mayoral bid, de Blasio took the Bloomberg administration to task for overburdening New Yorkers with summonses — a practice he vowed to reform.
“The thing that we’re focused on immediately is ending the arbitrary ticket blitzes that were revenue-based,” de Blasio said in February 2014, two months after taking office.
“We’ve made very clear to all of the pertinent agencies that we are not trying to artificially bring in revenue on the backs of hardworking people.”