Bronx Ticket-Fixing Probe: Hatzolah EMT Got New Ticket After First One Nixed


hatzolahA volunteer EMT was unwittingly mixed up in the Bronx ticket-fixing probe – getting a summons voided and then reinstated a year later, sources told the NY Daily News.

The bizarre scenario played out in Brooklyn over the course of 17 months. It began in December 2009 when the Hatzolah volunteer, who works for the Hatzoloh ambulance service, responded to a car wreck on Kings Highway, sources said.

The Hatzolah volunteer parked his car facing the wrong way. He argued to Officer Pearl Poon that he parked that way because it was an emergency. Poon issued him a ticket anyway.

Sources said the Hatzolah volunteer’s pal called Deputy Inspector Frank Cangiarella, the commanding officer of the63rd Precinct. Cangiarella voided the ticket and is nowthe focus of an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation.

Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said the precinct commander did the right thing.

“The commander immediately investigated the facts and exercised good common sense by appropriately voiding the summons,” Richter said.

Once the IAB started looking into the summons, it took Poon to the Hatzolah volunteer’s home in Midwood and ordered the cop to reissue the ticket. The IAB questioned Poon because her name came up in the ticket-fixing probe in the Bronx. She was asked about tickets she fixed, sources said, and she mentioned the Hatzolah volunteer.

“The city can’t possibly win that ticket,” a police source said.

The Hatzolah volunteer, 30, declined to comment. Poon couldn’t be reached. The NYPD wouldn’t talk about the reappearing ticket.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}