Atlanta City Councilmembers react to I-Team ParkAtlanta report - New York News

Atlanta City Councilmembers react to I-Team ParkAtlanta report

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

A FOX 5 I-Team report on ParkAtlanta kicked off a firestorm on local talk shows on Thursday. Atlanta City Councilmembers say they want answers after the investigation revealed the top city and ParkAtlanta officials had numerous parking tickets dismissed.

"Clearly, public confidence erodes when there is appearance of impropriety -- whether it's real or perceived," said Councilmember H. Lamar Willis.

Council members have worked for years on the Atlanta parking battles. A public works executive claimed that the tickets were part of a secret shopper test program.

"I knew that there was some type of secret shopper program supposedly, and being implemented because when we had original meetings years ago that came out of that. The way it's being implemented, raises a lot of questions," said Councilmember Michael Bond.

Council members said the issue will require more discussion.

"I feel very confident that the mayor and Council will expect very detailed explanations about this program, how it has operated," Willis said.

Atlanta Chief Operation Officer Duriya Farooqui released a statement on Thursday saying that she will review what has been happening to city employees who get parking tickets and what has been happening to those tickets. She said that she is concerned about any appearance of inequity.

RELATED LINK: See the original I-Team report on ParkAtlanta here

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:43:52 GMT
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
  • Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:39 GMT
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices