PassaicJews Moderator’s Car Towed in Passaic – Newborn Infant Stranded

12 09 2008

Full letter with links to photos can be found at the end of this post.

Passaic, NJ — Forget to move your car for alternate side parking in Brooklyn, Newark, Monsey or Clifton – you will pay a moderate fine.

Forget to move your car in Passaic – you will pay a fine, have your car towed, run around Passaic for half-a-day, get the run-around at the police station, then pay towing and storage charges.

File photo of a car being towed.

File photo of a car being towed.

Recently, the moderator of, a popular yahoo group with the Passaic Jewish community, had his car towed as it was parked outside a pediatricians office in Passaic, stranding his mother with his newborn baby. Their crime? Failing to notice an alternate side parking sign 200 feet down the street.

As the moderator of PassaicJews, Michael Feigin was able to immediately post an urgent message on PassaicJews and secured a ride for his mother and newborn daughter. However, Mr. Feigin questions what someone without access to the resources he had would have done.

About a year ago, the Passaic community was up in arms about the alternate side towing, and tried to get the policy changed, without any success. At that time, this reporter was present when Passaic City Councilman Chaim Munk was asked what it would take to stop alternate side parking in Passaic.  Councilman Munk’s exact answer was: “when (then mayor) Sammy Rivera stops taking bribes from Raineri’s.”

So we ask the obvious question: Does Counciman Munk’s previous quote mean that the towing will stop when current Acting Mayor Gary Schaer “stops taking bribes from Raineri’s?”

Maybe this incident and this article will cause Acting Mayor Gary Schaer to stop the outrageous towings in Passaic. Dare we hope?

The letter from the PassaicJews moderator, as posted on

Dear PassaicJews members,

Yesterday, my mother borrowed my van with the car seat to take my newborn baby to the doctor. She parked on Pennington Ave in front of a sign that said not to park when it’s snow covered. She is from out of town and didn’t realize she had to walk all the way to the other end of the block to look at a second sign, facing the other direction, which looked identical to the first sign, to realize that it said it was street cleaning day.

The visit took five minutes. Yet, when she came out, the car was gone. My new baby daughter was stranded without a car seat while her mother was busy trying to recover from surgery.

While I have the ability to post my urgent messages directly to hundreds of subscribers on PassaicJews and my baby was soon brought home by a very generous person with a car seat, what if someone doesn’t have these resources?

To make matters worse, when I finally was able to secure another car and go to city hall, I specifically asked a police officer if I could park on a street where the signage was unclear (covered in stickers). He told me, “Well, the sign says no parking, but we really don’t enforce it around here. You’re on your own.” Just in case, I found another parking spot… but as I drove around I saw cars of city employees parked:
– in front of fire hydrants
– in front of crosswalks
– in front of driveways
– in front of within 25 feet of corners

Pictures of all of this with license plates of offenders are online at:

If you have trouble with the link, go to and click on “Yahoo Message Group” and then “Files” and then “Selective_Enforcement_In_Town” and then each individual picture.

… and don’t try and get your car back too quickly. The city won’t have the tow report! Missing a document? Go figure out where your car was towed to, get the document, and come back again. Driving someone else’s car? Better have them come to Passaic!

The towing of first time offenders, selective enforcement, and corruption in Passaic must be put to an end.

– Michael J. Feigin, Esq.
Patent and Trademark Attorney,




8 responses

15 09 2008

I was wondering if anyone can tell me what happened to the street cleaning signs on the following?Amsterdam ave, Dakota st, Idaho st, Pleasant ave, Crescent ave, Mineral Springs pl, Dwasline rd, Terhune ave, Elmwood ave, Gourley st, Ridge ave, The Circle, Westminster pl, and, a couple more….. I dont think someone can post a comment stating “selective enforcement” and truely believe themselves? Can they? BTW can someone also tell me what part of town those streets are in?? Thanks in advance……..

21 09 2008

Well yes I can answer you that question the reason those signs where removed is because and I quote David Goldman, “YOU people” don’t live there. I quote David Goldman because that “You poeple” comment is so bias I love where it came from the first community crying about bias behavior.

Well let me stick my foot in my mouth and shoot myself in the foot politically, like I care anyway. One I worked in the past in the City of Passaic and there has always been favortisim for the West Side of town, has this changed since I left, I don’t thinks so if those signs where taken down like you said.

Do you understand even in parking meter enforcement they are not enforced like per say the meters in Market St and Downtown Main Ave are. Street cleaining is even controlled I recall one time getting sick and tired that everytime I did street cleaning on the West SIde back in 97, it was like they got a call prior to my arrival and when I pulled up they were all pulling off. Me being smart the next time I was assigned to street cleaning on the West Side, I violated procedure and called in to dispatch to tell them I was going to start, I parked my car where I could see all the cars and with boniculars I wrote all summons and tow slips and then I called up for all the tow trucks and I place all paper on the cars. I towed a record 19 cars on the West Side, I never towed that many cars on the East Side and trust me I would try, I would maybe tow that many on the entire East Side but not on just one street like on the West Side. Funny part of this story I was told by a Jewish Gentleman that I was suppose to call in on the radio where I was doing street cleaining as I heard my unit number being called in to headquaters on the Jewish gentleman’s Scanner.

Wow, I can’t believe it is a game like always in Passaic thought with all the FBI coverage being will be making sure their nose are clean but bias polictics I guess still rules.

I hope that us “YOU people” like David Goldman defined us in an other article will include “YOU people” in removing the EAST SIDES alternate parking street side rules too.

If not then that would be really bias people and us “You poeple” need to get together and go to those Passaic City Counil meeting and with help of the press are our elected officials which they continue to violate our Constitution right to equal protection of the law?

These articles always make me laugh, they do crime, then they are the victims and we are suppose to feel sorry for the person commiting the offense. At the end the only people that continue to get screwed here is “YOU people” like we were defined by those brillant words of Mr. David Goldman in another article.

27 09 2008

WOW I see freedom of speech on this page is totally one sided. I made a point but the point hasn’t been approved because if showed many years of special treatment to certain groups of people in the City of Passaic. I have seen on other articles, that where my comments were not approved, even though I directly quoted a bias comment made be a person in that group.

You see I have no prejudice for example I would vote tomorrow for Gary Schaer because I think he is the right man for the job. What I don’t agree is that belief that certain groups feel they are above the law and are entitled to special treatment. If I do recall in history a group of people once thought they were better than another and decided to attack another set of people and attempt to exterminate them like if they were insects.

I would have expected more from a group of people that have went through an ordeal like this to always make sure that no group of people ever politically influenced laws and regulations just to benefit one group. Then again why do I even bother this message will most likely not be approved neither because it is the truth.

Learn from a minority, don’t commit the violation if you don’t want to pay the fine.

Also don’t be afraid when somebody decides to debate the point, if you are truly running a comment area govern on the principles of freedom of speech.

7 10 2008
A tax payer

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5 05 2009
TopBaby Car Seats

It is interested in the just enough one.Thank.

5 05 2009
TopBaby Car Seats

Good…Thank for the new knowledge.Thank very much.

2 01 2010

Nice idea! I was thinking about writing something along these same lines. Will have to bookmark this for future reference.

3 01 2010

Learned many new. +1 Regular reader of your blog.

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