Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Report states NY/NJ Watefront Commission is corrupt

The New York Times has an article, with a link to the official document just released, detailing the ongoing problems at the New York Harbor Waterfront Commission.

The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, which was created in the 1950s to break the mob’s grip on the docks, became its own bastion of lawlessness, employing the same corrupt, self-serving methods of the pier-based gangsters it was supposed to pursue, investigators said in a scathing report released Tuesday.

Top officials at the $11-million-a-year bistate agency divided spoils, helped cronies evade the law and thwarted security provisions meant to safeguard the port against terrorism, according to the report by the New York State inspector general, which came after a nearly two-year investigation that the commission had vainly sought to block in court.

As a result of the findings, virtually the entire executive staff has been ousted —

The report does not state there are ties to the Mafia, but quite frankly, it would surprise me if there aren't.

This reads like something out of The Sopranos.

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