From the NY Post:
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's SUV was seen last week zooming through red lights in Flatbush as if it were an emergency vehicle, on the way to a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg.
Markowitz defended the use of lights and sirens as "appropriate."
"They are only used with great discretion," insisted Mark Zustovich, the beep's spokesman.
He has been caught before blazing through Brooklyn.
In October 2004, one of his constituents complained that Markowitz's SUV whipped through a red light at Third Avenue and Sackett Street. An aide later said the beep was on his way to a speech.
When asked why Markowitz has lights and sirens in the first place, his spokesman replied, "They were authorized by the city of New York."
Not according to the mayor's office, which says it has nothing to do with what elected officials install in their vehicles.
Not according to the state motor-vehicle law, which makes no provision for elected officials to use equipment reserved for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars.
And not according to the NYPD.