Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced a new online database to kick off the three-week parking violation amnesty program, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 until Friday, Sept. 25. The public can now search for ticket information by license plate or by name on the City of Syracuse Department of Finance Amnesty 2020 page.
With more than 200,000 tickets listed that go as far back as 1997, the City expects to generate $500,000 to $1,000,000 in revenue from resolved tickets.
“The new online database serves as a tool to connect vehicles with overdue parking fines and accrued late fees that may have been neglected or forgotten about,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage everyone with unpaid parking tickets to take advantage of the program.”
In early September, parking amnesty notices were mailed to addresses with ticketed vehicles registered in New York State. Out-of-state vehicles that have tickets that remain unpaid prior to the Sept. 8 can also qualify to have late fees forgiven.
To qualify for amnesty, tickets:
- can already be on a payment plan;
- are eligible even if no amnesty notice was received;
- cannot already be included in a bankruptcy proceeding; or
- cannot be a part of a civil judgment already rendered.
An index of dates and ticket numbers, along with the original fine amount compared to the amount owed with the late fees is provided for each name and license plate number. The public is able to view an itemized list with the total number of tickets and payoff sum to be addressed before the amnesty period ends.
All vehicles with license plates that have outstanding tickets over 90 days old after the program ends will be subject to be booted and/or towed, with the owner referred to a collection agency.
Payment methods accepted throughout the amnesty program will be by cash, money order, certified checks, credit card or e-Checks only. To make a payment electronically using a credit card or e-Check, the public will need the ticket number to pay online at http://www.invoicecloud.com/syracuseny or by phone by calling 315-990-9200. Certified checks payable to the “Commissioner of Finance” with the plate number included on the check can be mailed to: Commissioner of Finance at P.O. Box 5211, Binghamton, NY 13802; certified checks, money orders or cash (exact change only) can be placed in the Drop Box on the Market Street side of City Hall (233 E. Washington Street).
Questions regarding the amnesty program can be directed by phone to 315-448-8483 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.