From the Daily News:
...it's hard to find a vehicle without a placard in the area around Newcomers High School at 41st Ave. and 28th St.
Most of the placards, which allow drivers to park in certain restricted areas, are issued to employees of the Department of Transportation and the NYPD School Safety Division.
Some of the vehicles are even left in crosswalks and at meters, causing problems for residents and business owners.
"It's like private parking for the people who work for the city," said Joseph Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, who has lobbied for better enforcement of the parking rules.
During a recent visit of the area, the Daily News saw several expired placards or placards that were partially hidden on dashboards. One placard was simply a laminated photo of the Department of Transportation logo with no numbers, signature or identification.
Conley and Stamatiades pointed out that offices for both the Transportation Department and School Safety are in nearby Queens Plaza.