New Yorkers should prepare for a loud and smelly summer.
As of Tuesday, scofflaws who commit certain quality-of-life violations — including urinating, boozing or blasting loud music in public — will get little more than a slap on the wrist.
The change is the result of the City Council’s controversial Criminal Justice Reform Act, which allows law breakers who’ve been cited for those and other low-level offenses to face justice in administrative hearings rather than in criminal court.
Critics charge that the shift will undermine the “broken windows” theory of policing that began in the city in the 1990s. The theory maintains that cracking down on minor offenses prevents more serious crimes.