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Rochester drivers wrongly issued Nassau traffic tickets, they say

The Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency

The Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency is in Hempstead. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Some Rochester-area residents were wrongly issued traffic and parking tickets from Nassau County, and they say they’ve never been there.

William Marcellette, 73, of upstate Churchville, said his wife received a ticket for expired registration and not having a license plate on their 1979 Pontiac Trans Am last Thursday from the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency. The fee was about $375, Marcellette said.

Marcellette said he’s never been to Nassau County and that his Pontiac “couldn’t make it down there anyway.”

The error stemmed from either an employee who input wrong information into the agency’s system or the issuing officer writing the ticket incorrectly, according to John G. Marks, executive director of the agency.

Marks said two tickets reviewed by the agency have been resolved and another is pending. He said it was “strange” that all three tickets were issued to residents of Monroe County but chalked it up to human error.

“It’s not a perfect system,” Marks said.

Kim Rogers, 61, of upstate Hilton, said she received a ticket in the mail Nov. 6 for an expired vehicle inspection issued from the Nassau County agency. However Rogers said the inspection sticker on her 2003 Volvo doesn’t expire until the end of November. Moreover, Rogers said she’s never traveled to Nassau County.

Rogers said she called the traffic bureau the following day and was “given three options — pay the fee, show up in court or get a lawyer.”

Her ticket has since been resolved and the agency sent her an apology, Marks said.

A third person, Kelly Predmore, 29, of upstate Greece, also said she received a fine from Nassau County. Hers was a delinquent bill notice for $295, received on Oct. 30, for parking in front of a fire hydrant in Farmingdale.

Like Rogers and Marcellette, Predmore said she’s never been to Nassau and has sent the agency copies of credit card statements proving that she was near Rochester around the time of the violation.

Predmore contacted the traffic and parking agency on Monday and was told her documents are being reviewed.

Marks has asked Predmore to send him a notarized statement that says she was with her car near Rochester during the time of the supposed parking violation. Predmore’s case will then be reviewed by a judicial hearing officer, Marks said.

“Three hundred dollars is quite a lot of money for something I never did,” Predmore said.

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