Petitioning New York City Council Member Ben Kallos and 46 others

Change New York City Traffic Courts (NYC TVB) to Real Courts

2,064
Supporters

Change New York City Traffic Courts (NYC TVB) to Real Courts. What is wrong with the current NYC traffic courts:

  • There is no plea bargaining, every ticket goes to trial. 
  • All traffic tickets in NYC are handled by DMV employees (ALJ's) appointed in Albany, not real, elected Judges. 
  • The burden of proof is "clear and convincing evidence" not "beyond a reasonable doubt."
  • Cases are exempt from the Criminal Procedure Law, applicable to all other traffic courts in New York State.
  • Defendants can not ask the police officer what conduct they are accused of. Defendants are not entitled notice which is a right in every other Traffic Court in the State. NY CPL 100.25.(2). This means no opportunity to prepare for trial.
  • Cases often take several years to proceed to trial.  

Suffolk, Rochester and Buffalo all got rid of their Traffic Violations Bureau. New York City shouldn't be left behind. We want real justice, in front of real Judges, in a real Courtroom. 

NYC can make more money by reducing some traffic tickets to parking tickets and by completing cases faster. Plea bargaining by a prosecutor saves police officers trips to court, allowing them to do their job on the street. This is a win win for everyone (except the DMV employees who are union members.) There is no good reason why New Yorkers can't get their day in traffic court.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • New York City Council Member
    Ben Kallos
  • New York City Council Member
    Helen Rosenthal
  • New York City Council Member
    Mark Levine
  • New York City Council Speaker
    Melissa Mark-Viverito
  • New York City Council Member
    Bill Perkins
  • New York City Council Member
    Ydanis Rodriguez
  • New York City Council Member
    Andrew Cohen
  • New York City Council Member
    Andy King
  • New York City Council Member
    James Vacca
  • New York City Council Member
    Fernando Cabrera
  • New York City Council Member
    Ritchie J. Torres
  • New York City Council Member
    Vanessa L. Gibson
  • New York City Council Member
    Rafael Salamanca Jr.
  • New York City Council Member
    Annabel Palma
  • New York City Council Member
    Paul Vallone
  • New York City Council Member
    Peter Koo
  • New York City Council Member
    Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
  • New York City Council Member
    Barry S. Grodenchik
  • New York City Council Member
    Rory I. Lancman
  • New York City Council Member
    Daniel Dromm
  • New York City Council Member
    Jimmy Van Bramer
  • New York City Council Member
    I. Daneek Miller
  • New York City Council Member
    Karen Koslowitz
  • New York City Council Member
    Elizabeth S. Crowley
  • New York City Council Member
    Donovan Richards Jr.
  • New York City Council Member
    Eric A. Ulrich
  • New York City Council Member
    Stephen T. Levin
  • New York City Council Member
    Antonio Reynoso
  • New York City Council Member
    Laurie A. Cumbo
  • New York City Council Member
    Robert E. Cornegy Jr.
  • New York City Council Member
    Rafael L. Espinal Jr.
  • New York City Council Member
    Carlos Menchaca
  • New York City Council Member
    Brad Lander
  • New York City Council Member
    Mathieu Eugene
  • New York City Council Member
    Darlene Mealy
  • New York City Council Member
    Vincent J. Gentile
  • New York City Council Member
    David G. Greenfield
  • New York City Council Member
    Jumaane D. Williams
  • New York City Council Member
    Alan M. Maisel
  • New York City Council Member
    Mark Treyger
  • New York City Council Member
    Chaim M. Deutsch
  • New York City Council Member
    Deborah Rose
  • New York City Council Member
    Joseph C. Borelli
  • Governor
    Andrew Cuomo
  • New York State House
  • New York State Senate
  • New York State Assembly


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