Diplomatic Deadbeats in NYC

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It’s been a problem for decades, deadbeat diplomats who refuse to pay their parking violations and other fines. The total bill for these deadbeats now stands at $75 million. Another problem is non-payment of property taxes. The NYC Department of Finance identifies Egypt and Kuwait as the worst culprits, owing more than $3 million in unpaid parking tickets. Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) is fed up and not going to take it anymore. He’s calling for the city to tow the cars of deadbeat diplomats and shut off water and power to their buildings until they pay their fines.

Newsday reports:

To help ensure the payment of parking fines, the State Department can revoke consular license plates and withhold foreign aid for the amount the city is owed. In September 2002, it opted to strip 30 nations of 185 plates. Agency officials yesterday did not return a call seeking comment.

From AM New York:

India, Mongolia, and the Philippines were the main diplomatic deadbeats in paying property tax. Last year, the city went to the U.S. Supreme Court over property taxes owed by Mongolia and India. The justices ruled that foreign nations are not immune to paying all real estate taxes.

Finally a local politician who is looking out for the best interests of the city.

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