From the Daily News:
Officials with piles of parking tickets will lose a perk that kept their cars from being hauled off to the pound, City Hall vowed Saturday.
The Daily News revealed that Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro owes more than $8,600 in unpaid tickets, but wouldn't be towed because of his "official" plates.
Now, Mayor Bloomberg wants to give the practice the boot.
"The Finance Department is going to find a solution to ensure they can enforce against valid tickets in these cases," Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna said. "The standards have to apply to everyone."
Most motorists with unpaid tickets of $350 or more risk a trip to the pound. That hasn't been so for state legislators, City Council members and government agencies.
The city Finance Department acknowledged it has been quietly extending the remarkable favor for more than 20 years.