YONKERS — Parking violations could be added to a broad mix of city-code infractions to be handled by a new tribunal that Yonkers officials hope will ease a backlog in the city court.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday authorizing Yonkers to merge its Parking Violations Bureau with a new Bureau of Administrative Adjudication to open this fall pending City Council approval.
Supporters of the change say unless the two bureaus are consolidated, they’ll function as “distinct but wholly duplicative” agencies.
The new bureau, which Cuomo OK’d last summer, would be staffed with administrative judges who also would handle civil complaints involving such code violations as garbage, noise and other quality-of-life concerns. (They would not handle building or fire code cases, which can involve criminal charges.)
The tribunal is based on a successful model in Buffalo, meant to save residents time and money by allowing their complaints to bypass an overburdened local court system.
State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, both Yonkers Democrats, sponsored the newly-approved bill.