The Staten Island Traffic Violation Bureau is widely known to be the worst TVB court in the system. There are essentially only two judges there and one, by the name of ALJ Brian Levine, decides most of the hearings. Due in large part to Levine, this court annually has the highest conviction rates and imposes the most license suspensions compared to the other Traffic Violations Bureau office. However, the depth of the despair is shown by a recent news story.
Levine recently found one motorist (possibly more) guilty of disobeying a traffic sign despite the fact that he knew or should have known that the sign was unofficial. The “fake” sign was smaller than valid signs and did not have the official DOT markings. It was located at the intersection of Arden and Woodrow and “prohibited” drivers from making a left-hand turn. Multiple drivers who disobeyed this sign were issued a 2-point ticket for allegedly violating VTL 1110a and no one knows how many of them have been improperly convicted.