In a sweeping crackdown against an infuriating government abuse, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday that he's cutting the number of official parking placards by 20 percent and creating a special NYPD unit to ensure compliance.
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Officials estimated that the city issues about 70,000 placards - meaning that 14,000 could be yanked.
Bloomberg ordered every city agency to conduct an inventory of its permits and directed that no new ones be issued as of March 1, except by the Police Department and Department of Transportation.
So many different agencies produce and distribute their own placards now that officials said it's hard to know precisely how many are in circulation.
Even parking privileges for cops at local precincts are subject to the reduction.