US targets NY parking scofflaws
By TOM NAMAKO, NY Post
A bill introduced in Congress yesterday would make sure that the city cashes in on deadbeat nations that have racked up millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.
The bill calls for New York City to receive money from any federal aid payments that are withheld from countries owing big bucks in parking tickets.
About 180 nations owe the city roughly $18 million in unpaid parking fines. Egypt leads the way, with $1.9 million in outstanding tickets.
In 2001, federal law called for the withholding of aid to countries in amounts equivalent to their outstanding parking fines.
"But the withheld money was never passed on to New York City," said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens), who is sponsoring the bill.