2010-01-22 / Top Stories

Weiner Wants Foreign Parking Debts Paid To City

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) released a study showing that foreign diplomats owe New York City $18 million in parking tickets. Weiner’s legislation would ensure that this money goes directly into City coffers. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) released a study showing that foreign diplomats owe New York City $18 million in parking tickets. Weiner’s legislation would ensure that this money goes directly into City coffers. Representative Anthony Weiner, a member of the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee, has unveiled a new study showing that 180 foreign nations owe New York City $18 million in parking tickets. Rep. Weiner announced legislation which would ensure that this outstanding debt is paid to New York City.

In 2001, Congress passed legislation to withhold foreign aid to countries in amounts equivalent to their outstanding parking fines, but the withheld money was never passed on to New York City. The current law has allowed the State Department to move withheld funds to other programs, rather than paying down the debt to NYC.

“It’s insulting to all New Yorkers that countries like Yemen, Zimbabwe, and Iran owe the City millions in unpaid parking tickets,” Weiner said. “Diplomats park illegally, ignore paying their parking tickets and expect New Yorkers to pick up the tab. This needs to end.”

Among the highlights of the study:

Many countries that receive hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid—like Egypt, Colombia, Kenya and

Mexico—all have at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding parking fees.

Egypt leads all nations in owing the City with nearly $2 million in parking tickets, followed by Kuwait, which owes nearly $1.3 million, and Nigeria, which owes $1 million.

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