Ameruso Dies at 68

A reader writes in to note today’s obituary for Anthony Ameruso, transportation commissioner under Ed Koch. Ameruso passed away in April, although his death was not announced at that time.

The Times writes:

In January 1986, Mr. Ameruso was forced from his job at the Department of Transportation after the authorities uncovered an extortion and bribery scandal at the Parking Violations Bureau, which was part of the department.

There was no evidence tying Mr. Ameruso to that scandal, but in December 1986, he was charged with perjury for failing to disclose his financial interest in a New Jersey company, Chief Realty, that did business with a contractor that won a city permit to provide ferry service.

—Nicole Brydson