Finally, after waiting for four weeks, DA's "Hidden Pedestrian Ramp" story aired Tues., March 13, 2007, in the 10pm edition of Fox 5 News.
See DA in "Shame, Shame, Shame: Pedestrian Ramps" by Arnold Diaz, Fox 5 News.
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The "Shame, Shame, Shame" segment was super. I loved it. I was pleasantly surprised by the induction of the NYC Dept. of Transportation into "The Hall of Shame." It was the cherry on top of the sundae.
I'm still puzzled by the NYC DOT's refusal to acknowledge any wrong-doing. And NYC gov.'s refusal to reverse DA's guilty decision. PR-wise, it only makes NYC gov. look like a bunch of thieves and con artists. (Which they are. I and every other NY-er with, at least, half a brain think so.)
The PTF: "Thank you! Arnold Diaz and Fox 5 News."
Sadly, DA was found guilty of "blocking a pedestrian ramp." He consulted with a lawyer friend. And he was advised to pay the $195 balance (the $165 fine plus a $30 penalty). Which he did that same Tues. when his segment aired.
His lawyer friend didn't want NYC gov.'s lawyers to accuse DA of being a scofflaw by DA's refusal to pay it after (an unusually quick) guilty decision. Which would have made DA's planned lawsuit against NYC gov. weaker. (Made sense to me.)
DA's fight against City Hall ain't over by a long shot. To be continued.