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August 8, 2007

Hello, Dolly!

Streets Blog

Marty Markowitz's appointee to the City Planning Commission — and NJ Nets shareholder — Dolly Williams is busted on UncivilServants for using her City-issued placard to justify parking her mustard-yellow Porsche at a fire hydrant.

A knowledgeable tipster submitted this gem to UncivilServants, the web site that watchdog's government parking abuse in New York City. The yellow Porsche Carrera, above, was spotted parked in front of a fire hydrant on the east side of Seventh Avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, between Sterling Place and St. John's Place at about 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 29. On the dashboard, a Dept. of City Planning placard ensures that the windshield of this little beauty is unlikely ever to have a parking ticket placed upon it. A Patrolmen's Benevolent Association card sits atop the parking placard for good measure.

The Porsche, the tipster says, belongs to City Planning Commissioner Dolly Williams.

Parking in front of fire hydrants, it turns out, is a rather minor item on this uncivil servant's rap sheet.

Though she is Brooklyn's one and only representative on the New York City Planning Commission, Williams has been barred from participating in Kings County's most important recent land use processes. After the Brooklyn Paper outed Williams' $1 million investment in Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner's Nets basketball team in August 2004, Williams was forced to recuse herself from any official role in the project. Then in February of this year, Williams was removed from the Gowanus Canal rezoning process after the Brooklyn Paper pointed out that she owns land within the area that was to be rezoned. With Dolly Williams on the Planning Commission, Brooklyn has no voice in these important projects.

The placard doesn't fool every parking-enforcement agent, one StreetsBlog commenter notes:

The owner of this vehicle has $206.11 in overdue parking tickets, according to the Dept of Finance. They were for parking in a commercial meter zone and parking in a bus stop.

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NoLandGrab: Dolly's folly is not only a public-safety threat, but totally pathetic, considering the hydrant is located two blocks from her home, where she has her own curb cut and parks in her back lot.

Dolly embodies Brooklyn's self-serving power base, fueled by money and influence, where rules are just for the rest of us. Atlantic Yards is their pièce de la résistance.

Posted by lumi at August 8, 2007 8:44 AM