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Got Unpaid Tickets? Parking Amnesty Expires in 10 Days

For another 10 days, drivers can settle their outstanding parking tickets while late fees and fines are waived.

If you've got parking tickets that have been accumulating fines, now's a good time to pay up.

Port Chester's will continue until Nov. 30. The amnesty allows scofflaws to pay their tickets without paying additional fines that may have accumulated over months. (Or, in some cases, years.)

Following the lead of other towns and villages that have turned to parking amnesty as a way to during a depressed economy, Port Chester leaders are hoping to collect $200,000 or more from drivers who have outstanding tickets.

From the village website:

Village of Port Chester Amnesty Program for Parking Tickets:
Pay your parking tickets without penalty from the 1st of November until the 30th of November 2011!
How does it work?

  • For example, if you have a ticket of over 90 days and your penalty is $60.00, you only have to pay $15.00 if you pay during the month of November.

How to pay your parking ticket(s):

  • Pay in person in the Parking Violations Bureau located at 350 N. Main St. Port Chester, NY 10573
  • Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM
  • Pay online at www.portchesterny.com
  • Pay by Bank check or money order payable to “Village of Port Chester” and send it by mail (Postmarked no later than November 30th2011) to:

Parking Violations Bureau, 350 N. Main Street, Port Chester, NY 10573

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JJ November 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
This should be interesting..........
Bart Didden November 22, 2011 at 07:06 PM
over 13,000 notices were mailed out to the 10573 Zip Code, if you got one this is your opportunity for an early Christmas present from the Mayor and the Board of Trustees. The typical ticket of $25.00 increases to $100 or more, but until the end of the month you can pay the original amount and save the rest. Don't miss this opportunity, because after November 30th we will be changing the collection and booting procedures and we will become more aggressive in collecting over due fines. Remember on or before November 30th, in person or postmarked. Parking Violations Bureau 350 North Main Street 8am - 4pm
JJ November 22, 2011 at 09:45 PM
You can't make it any plainer than that Sir. I applaud all of your efforts. I'd be very surprised if this program was a success ; the Port Chester Government has been very tolerant of these repeat violators so far. It's time to start "booting & hooking" these violators and auctioning off their vehicles past a certain date. That will get their attention and add some "teeth" to the program. It'll also bring in some much needed money for the Village. It's time to reclaim this village back from the public abusers who don't seem to recognize or have any regards for Village Laws or Codes.
Cadeyrn November 23, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Trustee Didden, when will know if this effort was a success? I think it was a great idea ... and a solid effort to think outside the proverbial box.
John B November 24, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Mr. Didden,If some of the 13,000+(wow) in the 10573 zip code do not respond, is there a plan for the PC police department to follow up? Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Gary sullivan November 24, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Trustee Didden, while I do think this is a worthy program and could be successful, I do have some concerns. Maybe you can help me understand. Appreciate your response. One is from the budget side, I don't recall any expenses being allocted towards this, in fact, I seem to recall Trustee Terenzi saying, "this is a net number." . What are the expenses on this program since you mentioned a 13K piece mailer already and the current village budget doesn't plan for any specific expenses? Also, has there been any movement on getting any help from our Ct. borders? What was the number of mailings sent to out of 10573 residents? Was there a decision made to not even try to collect from outside because of the issues with Ct not being reciprocal because you only mentioned mailings in our 10573 zip code?
Bart Didden November 25, 2011 at 05:48 PM
@ John B, yes we have a plan to increase collection activity, but first we felt it was important to give people a way out acknowledging the tough economic time we live in. Fines increase not to collect more but as a collection tool. This is their opportunity to save a lot of money and cleaning the slate. @JJ - I don't think we want to auction off peoples cars, just collect what is owed and try not to become a major disruption in their lives. @Cadeyrn - Just trying to meet and exceed the voters expectations @Candidate Sullivan - As a marketing processional I am sure that you would agree that the message has to be pointed to the audience. So when I wrote 13,000+ was designed to speak to the readers of the PC Patch. We sent out many more notices. I would assume, but I could be wrong that you would know that we use a professional contractor who pre-sorts and mails in bulk to qualify for bulk rate fees. Please try, it may be tough, to give me some credit along the way for my 30+ years of business experience. Your whole post is so predictable from your campaign hiatus.
Gary sullivan November 26, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Trustee, Didden, I will give you all the credit in the world for your 30 years in business, it apparently has taught you not to answer any questions. Let's try this again.... I will try again with the numbered questions below for your review. Thanks in advance for your direct and simple answers. I don't expect you to know every detail, so a simple, "I don't know" is OK in my book, but ignoring the question is just a political move, not a business one. 1. What are the expected expenses on the Parking Collections program as the budget the BOT passed doesn't plan for any specific expenses? 2. Has there been any movement on getting any help from our neighboring towns in CT? I certainly would not speak for Cadeyrn, but I certainly liked the question that you didn't answer and would like to hear an answer, so I will label that question number 3. 3. When do you think we will know if the program was a success? Thanks
Bart Didden November 26, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Candidate Sullivan, The expenses are all known values as set forth in the contract with the contractor, which is based on collections. The out of pocket expenses are the postage, we also purchased the banners that you see on Main St and Westchester Avenue and we sent press releases to various news outlets. There is no assistance available from the neighboring towns. Our contractor has a business arrangement with out-of-state DMV's for registration information. What is your measure of success? Net gain over expenses? $100,000 dollars? Payments have to be post marked or made in person by November 30th. Based on the computing power of the contractor, I suspect we will have the information in December.
Gary sullivan November 26, 2011 at 03:52 PM
thanks,much appreciated Trustee Didden. Two things. since I have conceededtheelectionto Councilman Nioras, I amno longer a candidate. just an FYI. Also,I would point out that you voted for a budget that had this as a net gain of $200K, so that would be MY minimum threshold to call it a success. I do applaud the effort.
Saverio Terenzi November 26, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Mr. Sullivan, This amnesty program is obviously the next talking point for the King St Political Action Group. I'm sure they can't wait for the results to come in and everyone is praying that we don't reach out goal of $200,000 so they can all say we told you so. The program was designed to generate additional revenue in a budget year where we lost over $2,000,000 in tax levy dollars due to the decrease in the values of everyone's home values. The other purpose was to finally write off past parking tickets that will never be collected. We will know in about two weeks what the final numbers look like and at that time you will either have enough political ammo to have your jollies or you may come to the realization that there are some people on the BOT that have the business and professional experience to make informed decisions. Gary, you obviously have the bug to get involved in local politics. I think that's great. Trust me, the only way you will be successful is to promote what you can bring to the BOT, not what Didden & Terenzi are doing wrong. You may not agree with our personal styles and that's fine, but your not going to beat us on knowledge of Village government & the ins and outs of the Village budget.

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