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Pelham Traffic Officer in Sixth Year on Job

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham traffic officer Denise Boyle-Quatroni has seen her fair share of upset customers in her six years on the job. Still, she has built a friendly rapport with many residents.

“People know that when they get a ticket from me, they deserve it,” Boyle-Quatroni said.

Boyle-Quatroni has lived in Pelham since 1977 so she said she has gotten to know many of the residents in town. She said drivers have come to realize that she is fair when issuing parking tickets.

The officer said she understands that people will occasionally get stuck on line at the supermarket and do not always mean to let the parking meter expire. The only issue, she said, is when drivers approach her with a nasty attitude.

Boyle-Quatroni said she has seen people behave in dangerous ways throughout her career. Some, she said, run into the street and almost get hit by cars to avoid getting a $15 parking ticket.

But she shared “the most bizarre story,” which occurred when she made an appointment with her husband’s dermatologist. Before the appointment, she wrote a ticket for a Mercedes and its owner followed her, carrying a pizza, irately telling her that she’d remember him. When the traffic officer researched the man, she realized he was the dermatologist she was supposed to see that week.

She promptly cancelled the appointment.

Still, Boyle-Quatroni said people and situations like that are the exception to the rule and that Pelham residents are generally pleasant when interacting with her.

“We’ve been lucky,” Boyle-Quatroni said.

Boyle-Quatroni is expecting her second child in early March. She already has a 13-year-old daughter.

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