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“BREAKING: NYPD Will No Longer Respond to Minor Car Crashes” — Streetsblog

There is no question police officers spend far too much time attending to motorists who damage their vehicles or other people’s property through errors or recklessness. According to lawyer Steve Vaccaro, the time has long come for taxpayers to no longer play a role in how private property owners settle disputes of their own making. […]


“SHELTER IN PLACE: Cuomo Order Seems to Declare Bike Shops ‘Non-Essential’ Despite Cycling Surge” — Streetsblog

Lawyer Steve Vaccaro said Cuomo’s order will need to be clarified simply because it’s all over the place. “Cuomo specifically stated that delivery services, including food delivery, were essential services,” said Vaccaro (full disclosure: a Streetsblog advertiser). “He also deferred until later a question as to whether computer equipment repair should be considered essential … […]


“NYPD: We Will No Longer Target Grieving Cyclists after Crashes” — Streetsblog

At a forum on Thursday hosted by WNYC and Gothamist’s “We the Commuters” project, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan announced that the department would no longer write summonses to cyclists in the wake of a driver killing a cyclist — a practice that has long been decried by the victims, especially in a year when 15 cyclists […]


“New NYPD Unit Will Crack Down on Drivers Who Fail to Yield — But Nearly Half of Those Tickets Are Still Tossed Out” — City Limits

Of the total summonses issued during the full year of 2019 where 19-190 was the top charge, 56 percent were dismissed, the numbers show. The city says this rate of dismissal is comparable to the overall dismissal rate at OATH, which adjudicates summonses issued by more than a dozen city agencies. And while summonses can […]


“Brooklyn DA Admits ‘Mistake’ For Letting Killer Driver Off The Hook” — Streetsblog

Attorney Steve Vaccaro, who is representing the Clinton family, said he hopes this failure will lead the DA’s office to never make the same mistake again — and give vehicular crimes the attention and resources they need. “I’m glad the DA made that clarification and I hope this incident will be yet another factor supporting […]