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Mayor Curry says he has 'no sympathy’ for those ticketed in most recent snow emergency

By Dan Miller

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Posted 3/13/19

Mayor James H. Curry III says “I will tell you flat out I have absolutely no sympathy” for those ticketed in the most recent snow emergency in the borough.

During the March 5 …

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Mayor Curry says he has 'no sympathy’ for those ticketed in most recent snow emergency

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Mayor James H. Curry III says “I will tell you flat out I have absolutely no sympathy” for those ticketed in the most recent snow emergency in the borough.

During the March 5 Middletown Borough Council meeting, Curry gave a presentation on the enforcement actions borough police took during the snow emergency from noon Sunday, March 3, to 8:05 a.m. Monday, March 4, when Curry declared the emergency over.

Police during this time issued 20 tickets and towed nine vehicles, the mayor reported.

“With regards to the people who are upset — the 29 people — from this past snow emergency, I will tell you flat out I have absolutely no sympathy,” Curry said.

The snow emergency was declared “well in advance” Curry said. On March 2 at 12:53 p.m., the borough posted on its Facebook page that the snow emergency would go into effect at noon Sunday, March 3.

Curry said the snow emergency was publicized ahead of time using every means available, including radio, television, the borough’s Facebook page and website, and Curry’s own Facebook page.

Councilors shared the snow emergency on Facebook, as did the borough police and fire departments. The borough shared it through its Nixle emergency notification service and Crimewatch, Curry added.

Curry, who was elected in 2013, recalled that police issued more than 200 tickets during a snowstorm in February 2014.

“The idea was you hammer them with the tickets the first time so that they get the message, and then move forward,” Curry said.

The number of tickets written during each snow emergency has steadily declined since, the mayor said. During a snow emergency in March 2017, 137 tickets were issued. In March 2018, the number of tickets written during a snow emergency was down to 90.

That just 20 tickets were issued during this most recent emergency tells Curry that the strategy he has put in place is working.

“When we declare a snow emergency 98.9 percent of the population is abiding by it, and I want to thank the residents for doing that because it is meaningful,” Curry said. “It is helpful to public works and it is helpful to the first responders, and I think the numbers speak for themselves.”