Staten Island, NY – The franchise for towing cars and trucks off Staten Island’s highways is back in the hands of a local outfit and not in the hands of Knights Collision of Brooklyn, as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias, after the city acknowledged in court that the NYPD panel sifting bids didn’t add straight.
The sloppy math nearly cost Staten Island Towing its $1.5 million-a-year proceeds on a city permit to operate in the borough, which it had held for nine years running, and might have put it out of business. And it might have tested their motorists patience.
The owner of the Island towing firm contended that in the two weeks Knights Collision of Brooklyn had the franchise, that company took more than an hour in several instances to get to tow jobs on the borough’s highways.
Acknowledging the goof in a Manhattan courtroom, city attorney Louise Moed, who represented the NYPD, said, “There’s been a change of circumstances. The city believes that it must now re-award the permit to Staten Island Towing. … Now the scoring is five points in favor of Staten Island Towing.”
The mistake also spurred Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to gut the five-member panel that reviews the city’s 16 towing contracts, which comprised two lieutenants, a captain, a sergeant, and a level 1 traffic supervisor, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne said. Also, he added, “Internal Affairs is immediately conducting a review of all of the contracts to make sure no other errors are found,” Browne said.
Browne couldn’t say what specifically caused the math mistake that derailed the multimillion-dollar permit process. “It is troubling, and it’s being reviewed,” he said. [SI Advance]