Former Police Chief Still Using "Official" Parking Permit 16 Years Later

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said former police commissioners are allowed to use the placards, but did not elaborate on the specific law or ordinance that entitled them to do so

Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:40 AM EDT
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Former Police Commissioner William Bratton still uses an "official NYPD business" placard granting him special parking privileges even though he resigned as the city's top cop more than a decade ago.

Bratton was seen last week parking his Lexus SUV in a "No Standing" zone outside the private security firm on East 40th Street where he is chairman. He left the car there for about an hour with the "for official use" only permit in the window, according to The New York Post.

A ticket for someone who parked in that spot without such a placard would face a $115 fine.

The deputy director for one watchdog group told the Post the placards are only supposed to be used on official business and city employees get in trouble if they're caught using them off the clock.

It would be "doubly illegal" for a former city official to use a placard, Transportation Alternatives Deputy Director Noah Budnick told the Post.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the paper former police commissioners are allowed to use the placards, but did not elaborate on the specific law or ordinance that entitled them to do so.

Bratton, an appointee of Rudy Giuliani, stepped down as police commissioner in 1996.

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