Officers patrolling shopping areas
Did two women get out of that car? Parking officer Elyce Ezra-Cordeiro tries to make out the name on the disabled parking permit taped to the car’s windshield.
"If it’s a man’s name we’ve got one. Accessible parking permits are non-transferable," she said. "People use their relative’s or a friend’s — that’s misuse of the permit and if you’re charged, you can be fined anywhere from $300 to$5,000.
"It starts with an ‘M.’ That’s all I can see." So Ezra-Cordeiro concealed herself behind a pillar until the woman returned. It turns out the name was Maria and her paper’s were in order.
It was much of the same yesterday, which marked the first of a month-long disabled parking permit blitz on shopping areas across the city. Last year, parking officers from the disabled liaison unit investigated more than 6,000 permits and confiscated more than 1,000 either for misuse, fraudulent, or expired.