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NYPD cracking down on JFK hwy. parking

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:30 am

The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct has some advice for those thinking about parking along highways near John F. Kennedy International Airport while they wait to pick up passengers on incoming flights.

Don’t.

Inspector Jerry O’Sullivan said both his own officers and those with the NYPD’s Highway Patrol Unit have been stepping up enforcement out of a growing necessity.

“It’s a problem,” O’Sullivan told the Chronicle Monday evening prior to the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council. “People are parking mostly in the emergency breakdown lanes on the Belt [Parkway] and the Van Wyck [Expressway]. It’s a problem because those lanes are meant for emergencies, not for you to park while you’re waiting for a flight to land.”

O’Sullivan said his officers are trying to get people to stop with warnings whenever possible, though some tickets also are being written.

“People keep doing it,” he said, adding that the department is reaching out with a public information campaign, particularly through social media.

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