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Nassau County waives $170 fine after News10NBC investigates

November 13, 2017 05:48 PM

A county on Long Island was telling one of our viewers she owes $170 fine. When Kim Rogers told the official at Nassau County's Bureau of Traffic and Parking that she's never been there in her life, she says they told her -- get a lawyer. 
  
Instead, she contacted me. 

I've battled faulty red light camera tickets from Long Island, faulty parking tickets and now a government agency that was going after a viewer's car inspection. It wouldn't be a problem if the county admitted they made a mistake from the beginning. But they don't; they double down. 
 
The notice came in the mail Monday of last week. It said Kim Rogers' car is "uninspected more than 60 days." Because she didn't pay the initial $155 fine on time, the total jumped to $170.

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Brean: "Have you ever been to Nassau County, New York?"
Kim Rogers, fined by Nassau County, NY: "No. Didn't even know where it was."

It's just east of New York City. Kim Rogers says she called the Nassau County Bureau of Traffic and Parking.

Kim Rogers: "And the person I talked to said, 'Well you've got three options. One is either pay the fine of $170, go to court somewhere in New York or hire a lawyer.' Those were my options."
Brean: "One of the options wasn't -- we're sorry we made a mistake here?"
Rogers: "Ha, no. No."

What concerned Rogers is that, except for the fine, everything on the ticket is correct. 
Her name. 
Her address. 
Her license plate number.

Rogers: "I won't be able to register my vehicle and they'll turn me into the credit bureau."

News10NBC has seen this problem before. Twice in three years, Michael Zabelny of Greece got a parking ticket from the Long Island town of Brookhaven. Zabelny is confined to a wheelchair and doesn't drive. News10NBC got his ticket cleared both times.

Kim Rogers showed me her car inspection. It's still valid through November.

Rogers: "If this happens to other people I'm sure they're going to face the same torment. This just isn't fair, like we have no rights and no say. They said that's it: Pay it and be on your way."

Monday I contacted the Nassau County Executive's Office. I then spoke with the judge of the county's traffic court. Late Monday, Judge John Marks emailed me to say the ticket is a mistake.

"The issuing officer made an error in writing the correct license plate on the ticket," Judge Marks wrote. "I have contacted Ms. Rogers to inform her of the error. She will receive a written notification of her non-liability and an apology letter from NCTPVA. Thank you for your assistance in this matter."

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