from some of the property forfeiture cases i've read, the money from the sales of seized vehicles goes to the NYC pension fund. the loss of property is civil and requires a lawyer and more money than the vehicle's worth. most victims prefer to abandon their vehicles to the state than to spend more money to get it back. this is in relation to DWI vehicle forfeiture. but it also applies to wreckless op seizures.
in summary, once the state of NY seizes your vehicle for any reason, you are at their mercy. this is similar to FL. but instead, if you run and your license plate is known, the cops seizes the vehicle at your home address. then they file for property forfeiture.