Monday, May 9, 2011

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Office Abused Legislative Permits

Oswego County will return five parking permits to the Oswego Police Department after it was learned that they were not properly distributed and were subject to misuse.

As a courtesy, the City of Oswego issues official parking permits to Oswego County annually. The permits are intended for use only by the 25 members of the legislature so that they can park in the public spaces on East Second Street in front of the county office building to attend meetings.

The courtesy, which has been extended for years, is done so that the legislature sessions can be conducted without disruption. The public parking spaces provide for two hours of parking and the permit prevents ticketing for overtime parking.This year, however, the official permits fell into the hands of employees who are not entitled to them

Acting on a tip, The Valley News learned that some employees, including at least one from New York State Senator Patty Ritchie’s office, had been using the permit for day-long parking while at work.

Inspection of vehicles parked on East Second Street from April 25 through 29 revealed several permits visible in windshields throughout the day. The area was checked four to five times each day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and each time, the vehicles continued to be parked in front of the county office complex, most in the same space.

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Anonymous said...

Why should anybody working for Patty Ritchie get special privileges? Oh wait! I know the answer. Because she's the holy grail that saved us from the fugly retro licence plates. I say we change the name of E.2nd St. so she and her staff can have all the free parking they want. It could be called Patty Plate Parkway or Patty Path. Maybe Ritchie Rd. or better yet, Bozo Blvd.

Oswego Taxpayer Revolt said...

This is exactly the type of nonsense politicians do that turns my stomach. I was a pretty diehard supporter and this is one of those abuses of power that really show they are all the same. Don't even get me started on the type of corruption the few Democrats that we've allowed to represent us partake in.