Saratoga County

They’re back: Fake codes postcards in Saratoga

A Geyser Crest resident has been arrested for the second time within barely six months for allegedly
Jay Tucker
Jay Tucker

Categories: Schenectady County

A Geyser Crest resident has been arrested for the second time within barely six months for allegedly sending postcards to local residents that claim to be from the city’s code enforcement office, telling them to correct code issues.

Jay R. Tucker, 63, of Hathorn Boulevard was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree criminal impersonation of a public service, a misdemeanor, city police said.

Tucker, who contends he has neighbors in the suburban-style neighborhood in violation of various city codes, was arrested on the same charge in September. At the time, he said he had made complaints to the city about barking dogs, debris piles and other issues in his neighborhood without getting a satisfactory response, so he turned to sending postcards himself that purported to be from code enforcement. The cards were full of misspellings and appeared on unofficial-looking cards.

The outcome of the earlier case was not available Friday, but city police said Tucker was at it again March 21, sending a postcard to a Geyser Crest resident. The card said it was from the code enforcement office of the city’s Department of Public Safety.

The code enforcement office issues its violation notices in person, city officials said.

“He apparently has a commitment to doing what he sees as right,” said city police spokesman Lt. Robert Jillson.

Code enforcement officials have asked police to remind residents the office does not send out “post cards” to address code issues, and residents should contact code enforcement at City Hall directly should they have questions about any mailings they receive.

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