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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NYC Seeks to Punish Scofflaw Diplomats

NEW YORK -- The mayor's office asked the State Department to revoke parking privileges for 195 vehicles driven by diplomats from Russia and Belarus, the latest move in an increasingly bitter feud between City Hall and the two countries.

In the wake of an allegedly drunken scuffle between a Russian and Belarussian diplomat and police last month, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has sought payment for thousands of dollars in unpaid parking tickets the two countries piled up last year. The biggest offender -- a Russian vehicle -- has 636 tickets.

The city and state have no authority to confiscate or cancel the special diplomatic plates issued to envoys' cars and vans.

But Giuliani said the State Department has a program in Washington, D.C., under which they can refuse to renew plates for scofflaw diplomats, and he wants a similar agreement worked out with New York.