Swimming Lesson: How to Fight Summertime Summonses

Photos by Emil Cohen/New York City Council.

Photos by Emil Cohen/New York City Council.

City Council member Carlina Rivera and New York Chief Administrative Law Judge Fidel F. Del Valle spent some time at the swimming pool yesterday. The visit to Dry Dock Playground on East 11th Street wasn’t recreational. They were kicking off a series of public events meant to give local residents the tools to deal with summertime summonses.

Del Valle serves as commissioner of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Yesterday’s outreach event, “OATH School at the Pool,” offered information on fighting typical warm-weather summonses, such as open container, late night noise and, yes, urinating in public violations. The idea is to demystify the sometimes confusing court hearing process.

OATH has prepared a video to help educate the public about city-issued summonses. You can watch it here.