From the NY Post:
When the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs found itself facing a budget gap, it didn’t cut expenses — it hired additional inspectors to slap more fines on small businesses, according to documents and officials.
In 2011, DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz hired 14 new inspectors, who doubled agency revenue by doling out more petty fines.
“It will bring in an additional $1.6 million in revenue in the new fiscal year,” Mintz told the City Council at the time.
“These staff additions will enable DCA to focus on undercover inspections of employment agencies and immigrant-service providers, as well as [make] additional focused inspections of tobacco dealers.”
His projections were right on the money.
The number of violations more than doubled from 10,964 in 2010 to 24,176 in 2012.
Most of the fines were lower than those handed out earlier, meaning business owners were paying more frequently for smaller offenses.