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New York City’s handicapped permit process needs fixing.

Dear John: I read the letter from J.W. on April 8 regarding handicapped parking permits. I have scoliosis and severe problems walking and was approved for a handicapped parking permit in Yonkers. The only place in America that I can’t use it is New York City, where the rules are confusing and it could take...
Time: 21:20     Date: 14.04.2018
Last US Business News: New York City’s handicapped permit process needs fixing. NY Post 24 - US News

The only place in America that I can’t use it is New York City, where the rules are confusing and it could take months to get a permit. I applied and got a letter back three months later that said I could not get an NYC permit because I didn’t live in the five boroughs.

That was nowhere on the documents I submitted.

I hope you can use the power of your column to get NYC handicapped parking regulations reformed. E.S.

Dear E.S.: Consider your complaint noted. And hopefully city officials will snap to it and address this problem.

But here’s another thing.

When I’m in Manhattan, I see loads of people with handicapped parking permits. And a lot of times I’ll wait around until they get out of the car to see just how handicapped they really are. And often there’s no obvious physical problem as they jump out of their cars and scurry on their way.

So apparently, these permits aren’t so hard to get. You just need the right connections.

Personally, I think it’s a sin to use a handicapped permit when you are not entitled. Just to prove my point, I had one for years when my wife was crippled, and I would never think of using it unless she was in the car.

For one thing, it would have been wrong. For another, I was afraid that karma would strike me down with some sort of mobility-stealing illness.

Anyway, I hope city officials not only take a look at their current practices of giving out these permits but also investigate the folks abusing handicapped parking privileges.

I doubt anyone has the kind of clout that fixes this problem. But maybe I’ll give it a try.

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