New York City is lucky it got ripped off hundreds of millions of dollars in the CityTime scandal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning.
Mr. Bloomberg’s argument was that because the fraudsters agreed to pay the city back $500 million after being hounded by federal prosecutors and the city’s Department of Investigation, the project of modernizing the municipal payroll system ended up being a bargain. Read More
Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure. Read More
Bill Thompson has a message for Ray Kelly: Are you in or out?
Nan Hayworth is in a trick spot: she is a surrounded by conservative Tea Party freshman, but she has an openly gay son.
New bribery charges were filed against Joe Bruno.
82-year-old Louise Slaughter faces a challenge like never before: a newly drawn, more conservative district; a long recovery from a broken leg; and a well-liked challenger in Maggie Brooks.
Settlement money from the CityTime scandal Read More
Governor Cuomo called legislators into Extraordinary Session to vote on the tax and jobs plan announced yesterday.
The tax plan will save families an average of $300-$400 a year.
Albany power broker Fred Dicker called Governor Cuomo’s political maneuvering on the tax plan a “dazzling display of political jujitsu.”
Mayor Bloomberg is requesting a $600 million refund from the company overseeing the CityTime project.
Citing criminal charges levied against at least two employees of Science Applications International Corporation, Bloomberg said the company’s oversight of the project were “extremely troubling and raise questions about SAIC’s corporate responsibility and internal controls.” Read More
According to a report in today’s Times, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sent a letter to City Comptroller John Liu urging him to back-off making public statements or meddling with their probe of the investigation into CityTime, the Bloomberg administration’s troubled automatic payroll project.
Today, Liu is out with a statement saying that he has done no such thing. Read More
Update: One fun excerpt:
“[B]etween 2004 and 2010, Denault reported earning over $5.6 million through income he received in India, at a time when he was a full-time employee of SAIC as Project Manager on the CityTime project.
“Although the income purportedly was earned in India, Denault reported no travel or any other expenses associated with [it].”