Category Archives: Fees, Fines, & Other Revenue

How Much Potential Revenue Are New Yorkers Wasting by Trashing Organics?

How Does the City Collect Parking Fines from Delivery Companies and Other Businesses?

Are Red-Light, Bus-Lane, and Speed Cameras Becoming The Main Drivers of Revenue from Traffic Fines?

  • Preliminary data for fiscal year 2014 indicate the city received about $41 million in revenue from camera-generated red-light, bus-lane, and now speeding summonses, as well as $14 million in ticket revenue from traffic violations written up by police officers. The proportion of revenue generated by cameras rose from 38 percent in 1999 to 75 percent in 2014.
  • The budget for this fiscal year, 2015, assumes that revenues from these sources will total about $62 million. The jump (from about $2 million to $8 million) in anticipated revenue from camera-generated speeding summonses is attributable to Albany’s recent approval of an increase of 120 in the number of speed cameras to be installed in school zones across the city. Twenty speed cameras have been in use in the city since January 2014 as part of a pilot program approved last year by the state.
  • The jump from $24 million in 2007 to $45 milion in 2008 in revenue from red light camera summones followed a state-authorized increase in the number of cameras installed throughout the city. Revenue from red-light camera summonses also spiked in 2011 to $71 million as a result of a ruling that unpaid red light summonses (in addition to unpaid parking tickets) would count towards the $350 threshold for having your car towed for unpaid tickets. Many motorists were required to pay delinquent red light camera fines that year in order to reclaim their vehicles from the tow pound.
  • Prepared by Bernard O’Brien
    New York City Independent Budget Office

    SOURCES: Mayors’s Office of Management and Budget; Financial Management System

    Print version available here.

    New York City By The Numbers

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    New York City Public Payphones: How Many Are Left?



    In January 2013 there were 11,249 working payphones in public locations citywide, a decline of almost
    50 percent since 2008.

    • The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have seen decreases of about 60 percent.
    • The number of payphones has fallen 33 percent in Manhattan and 52 percent in Queens.


    The city collects 10 percent of revenue from calls placed from payphones and 36 percent of revenue from advertisements on the payphones.


    • City revenue from calls has declined steadily since 2008.
    • City revenue from advertising has increased sharply since 2010.

    SOURCE: Department of Information Technology and Telelcommunications

    Prepared by Nashla Salas
    New York City Independent Budget Office

    Print version available here.

    New York City By The Numbers

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    How Much is NYC Paying to Make Housing Repairs That Should be Done by Landlords?

    The city has two repair programs that step in when residential landlords fail to maintain their buildings:

    Emergency Repair Program. If a landlord fails to correct the most serious housing code violations, the city may make the repairs (or contract out the work) and bill the owner for the cost of the repair and administrative fees.

    Alternative Enforcement Program. Each year the city selects the 200 most distressed residential buildings for participation. If the owner fails to make repairs, the city may do so and bill the owner accordingly. For more information see IBO’s fiscal brief on alternative enforcement.


    PDF version here.

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