Posted For: Willie Wonka
By Selim Algar
The Jersey City pol who allegedly fled a hit-run with a bicyclist earlier this month was already a traffic scofflaw, according to a report.
In November, embattled Councilwoman-at-Large Amy DeGise was caught parking illegally and driving with expired registration — then tried to get out of having her car towed while mentioning she had a relative who was “an officer,” the Hudson County View reported Friday.
Police body-camera footage shows DeGise being approached by cop Ramon Calderon last year as her SUV is being loaded onto a flatbed truck in Hoboken, NJ.
Calderon informs her that her car had been hit while illegally parked in the path of turning trucks — and was being impounded because her registration lapsed in 2019.
“A family member is an officer, I have their card on me,” the pleading councilwoman tells Calderon. “If there’s any way I can have a ticket instead. Please.”
Calderon holds firm, noting that her registration had been expired for two years.
“It’s been unregistered since 2019,” he explains. “It has to remain impounded.”
Unwilling to concede, DeGise then announced, “I was endorsed by the police in Jersey City — I’m a councilwoman.”
With Calderon still refusing to budge, DeGise names someone in the mayor’s office.
The disinterested officer responds that he had never heard of the individual.
“There are trucks that are trying to make the turn because of this,” Calderon says while trying to explain why the tow is nonnegotiable.
DeGise also once had her car towed in Secaucus, according to a police blotter item uncovered by the outlet.
On July 19, DeGise allegedly shellacked deliveryman Andrew Black around 8 a.m. in a Jersey City intersection and never bothered to stop, according to video of the incident that emerged this week.
While DeGise appeared to have had the right of way, she was given a summons for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it, according to the outlet.
Black, who was able to walk away from the accident despite being thrown from the cycle, has blasted DeGise.
“Someone of prestige [who is] demanding to uphold and clean our streets or whatever they’re calling it … can’t even do it themselves,” Black said. “It really upset me.”
Resign. Now. pic.twitter.com/Z5bUT2x6ch
— 🐚 (@clammyfresh) July 26, 2022
More than 1,600 people had signed a Change.org petition calling for her resignation by Friday evening.