Monday, September 22, 2014
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Like so many things, managing towing companies comes back to ... money

The Daily News editorial today takes a look at the different fixes the city is considering for the "tow-mob war" between wreck-chasing tow truck companies. You might not think of this as a big municipal fiscal issue, since it involves private companies. But the city oversees towing, at least in the sense that it has rules about which companies get called to which accident scenes. So before long, you happen upon an idea for how the city can do a better job of this -- if it can secure more funding:

Like so many things, managing towing companies comes back to ... money

The Daily News editorial today takes a look at the different fixes the city is considering for the "tow-mob war" between wreck-chasing tow truck companies. You might not think of this as a big municipal fiscal issue, since it involves private companies. But the city oversees towing, at least in the sense that it has rules about which companies get called to which accident scenes. So before long, you happen upon an idea for how the city can do a better job of this -- if it can secure more funding:

A more likely fix is one that public-safety honcho Everett Gillison is suggesting, that will effectively take accident notifications to police off the public airwaves, shutting out the wreck-chasers.

He has already been working with Council to make additional fixes to the city's towing operations. He has also been working on dedicating the city's wireless network to public safety. That got a jump-start with the $2 million purchase of the network, but he says he needs up to $20 million to upgrade the network to make it operational.

This is not to say there aren't other ways to improve the situation in the interim, as the editorial outlines, but we thought it was noteworthy that even some city functions that you don't immediately think of as leading back to money, lead back to money.

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