By Sabina Mollot
Earlier this month, a parking regulation sign located outside Peter Cooper Village on East 20th Street that had been confusing drivers was replaced with a new one. The problem with it previously, as one Peter Cooper driver who got socked with a $115 ticket told us, was that an arrow indicating where one couldn’t park appeared to contradict what the paint lines on the street indicated.
“It’s in conflict with the sign; it doesn’t match up,” said the driver Cailin Krogman. Last November 13, Krogman had parked where she thought it would be okay to do so, over a car’s length away from the sign, only to get slapped with the ticket anyway that evening.
So, while the sign having been changed is good news for drivers (a result of Krogman complaining numerous times to Council Member Dan Garodnick’s office), naturally, Krogman said she would still like her ticket dismissed. Especially since, she pointed out, she’s been paying attention to the spot since her ticket was given and seen that others have not been ticketed. Adding insult to injury, said Krogman, her car has a visible tag indicating she’s a disabled driver.
“I’m a breast cancer survivor. I have issues with neuropathy. It’s so rude,” she said. She said she’d tried to fight the ticket through the Department of Finance, but was denied.
Now, with the changing of the sign, she is hoping she might still have a case.
Town & Village reached out to the Department of Finance, but didn’t hear back.
Meanwhile, Garodnick, when asked about the ticket, said Krogman would need to challenge it in court, and added that he hoped she would.
“I think she would be well within her rights and I hope she would win,” Garodnick said. “The street markings very strongly suggested you’re within your rights to park there.”
He added, “The whole issue plays into the unfortunate feeling that too many New Yorkers have that the city is trying to ticket them by having confusing parking regulations and that should not be.”
Garodnick said if Krogman fights the ticket he’d weigh in to the Department of Finance on her behalf.
Inconsistent or contradicting parking regulation signs are a “pet peeve of mine,” he explained.
The parking sign was finally changed Monday, March 6.
Meanwhile, this isn’t the first incident of rotten luck Krogman has had when parking her car in the neighborhood. A year ago, an unknown person splashed a corrosive liquid onto her car and another vehicle that had been parked outside Peter Cooper Village. The liquid, possibly acid or paint thinner, caused a large spot on the car door to rust.