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New Traffic Violations Agency opens in downtown Rochester

Caitlin Whyte

City residents and visitors with traffic violations will now be able to handle them at the new Traffic Violations Agency in downtown Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the new office will help bring fairness and equity to city residents trying to adjudicate parking and traffic violations.

"If you got a ticket in Brighton and Gates and Greece and they went to town court, residents were able to negotiate a plea deal and were able to work out a payment plan. Now in the city of Rochester, you’ll be able to do that as well."

The opportunity to contest tickets or work on payment plans weren’t options for city violations before.

Warren says traffic tickets are meant to deter bad behavior, not drag already struggling people further into poverty.

Credit Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

The presiding judges will be Francis Affronti and La Marr Jackson. 

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Violations Bureau in the Reynolds Arcade Building and the City’s Bureau of Parking and Municipal Violations on South Avenue have both closed.

The agency will open Monday April 23rd at 200 East Main Street.