Islip parking ticket amnesty reaps revenue
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An amnesty program aimed at recovering revenue from more than 8,000 unpaid town parking tickets in Islip has raked in $225,000, officials said.
The program offered scofflaws with tickets issued from January 2005 to July 31 of this year a 40 percent discount on their fines if they paid them between Sept. 17 and Oct. 19. The program was so successful that town officials extended the discount to the end of October.
About 3,000 tickets have been paid since the discount began, they said.
In August the town board contracted with Fundamental Business Services, a Hempstead-based company that works with municipalities across Long Island to collect on unpaid parking tickets. Councilman Steve Flotteron, who is a liaison to the town's budget task force, said the company's fee would be 30 percent of the money the town collects from the tickets.
"There was a huge backlog," Flotteron said. "Some people had pleaded not guilty on their tickets and still didn't have a court date two years later."
Supervisor Tom Croci said Flotteron's efforts generated revenue and eased the burden on residents with parking tickets in tight economic times. "Councilman Flotteron has saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars from this initiative," Croci said.
Town spokeswoman Inez Birbiglia said FBS estimated that another $25,000 will come in by month's end. Tickets that haven't been paid by the end of the month will be sent to a collection agency, Birbiglia said.
Those seeking to settle a ticket can contact Fundamental Business Service Inc. at 800-272-1635.