Cuomo OK’s Yonkers agency merger

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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.

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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    . . ..too much government! I thought Cuomo was not the “Governor of Yonkers”!

    I am of the Opinion and Interpretations that ” a matter related to Cities, Towns, Villages much be decided by the wishes of the People of these entities! And, not short of the approvals of its State’s Governor!”

    Where is the Checks and Balancé!

    America doesn’t need a Mayor ( for example ) decide how much Soda can a Free American can consume!,

    We must adhere to The Branches of Government, It’s Layers of Equality but Separation as The Constitution mentions. Not! What We May Find Suitable to Private or Collective Demand or Needs to Suit Political Factions known as Political Parties!