Southold Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly
Southold Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly

Southold Town has made up its mind to grant a parking ticket amnesty month beginning June 1.

Throughout the course of the month, people with unpaid town tickets will be able to settle their fines for half their current value, including fees thanks to a new plan proposed by town Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly.

Southold currently has 984 outstanding parking tickets dating from 2007 to February of this year, which, if the full amount were to be paid, would be valued at about $179,000, said Ms. Reilly this week.

The town is working with debt collector FBS Justice Solutions, which will send information about the amnesty program to people with unpaid parking tickets and will reap 30 percent of the proceeds from people who pay up.

Ms. Reilly said when she originally pitched the program in February that about 350 of Southold’s parking tickets are from cars with out-of-state license plates.

The town plans to begin outreach in the media this week to let residents know about the program, which runs from June 1 through June 30.

Ms. Reilly said people with eligible tickets will receive letters in the mail explaining how to take advantage of the program.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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