December 30, 2009
NYPD Press Pass Extension
All working press passes that were due to expire in January will automatically be extended to July 15 while the NYPD transitions to a biannual system.
"We want to be able to issue press cards that are good for two years," said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. Currently, the cards have to be renewed every year.
Each year, the department issues about 2,500 working press passes, which allow reporters to cross police and fire lines that the general public can't. They also are used to secure the coveted NYP plates issued by state motor vehicle de partments.
Browne said he could not just jettison the one- year passes because it is part of the NYC administrative code and requires public input.