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Mayor Bill de Blasio has nominated his close friend and former campaign treasurer to serve as the next commissioner of the agency tasked with investigating his administration.
Mark Peters, a former prosecutor who formerly served as chief of the Public Corruption Unit in Eliot Spitzer’s Attorney General’s Office, has been nominated to head the Department of Investigation, which is charged with rooting out corruption and investigating city employees and contractors.
A NYCHA caretaker has been arrested after she allegedly took cash payments from individuals desperate to secure a placement in public housing. Magnolia Diaz, 49, who has been employed by NYCHA as a caretaker since 1997, supplemented her $40,019 annual income by collecting bribes from individuals whom she falsely promised to secure apartments for, according to the city Department of Investigation.
The city Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigation announced the findings today from their investigation into the deadly 2011 elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue that killed Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in rather horrific fashion, and both agencies confirmed that maintenance workers failed to repair the elevator up to city safety standards days prior to the incident.
The following article has been updated to include a statement from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Ruby looked restless. The brown horse shifted in place, turned around, and occasionally poked her white muzzle between the red bars of her 8 by 10-foot stall on the second floor of the Clinton Park Stables. Her golf ball-sized eyes glistened and she sighed, staring out at us all the while. The Observer reached in and stroked Ruby’s snout between the bars, wondering if the horse had any clue of the battle raging around her.
Since the death of Charlie, a carriage horse that collapsed on 54th Street last month, the struggle for—and against—the City’s horse-drawn carriage industry has grown into an all-out war, with the Horse and Carriage Association of New York now filing formal complaints against some of the industry’s biggest challengers.
City picks another summer Friday to announce action regarding fatal 2007 fire. Read More
An inspector from the Department of Buildings was arrested today following last weekend’s fatal crane collapse for falsifying an inspection, though city officials said his actions likely did not lead to the accident.
Edward Marquette was charged with falsifying business records, a felony, after he admitted he lied on paperwork and did Read More
I wrote yesterday that the bid-rigging scandal is a “huge black eye” for the Department of Transportation, which was perhaps premature. The details of the case will bear on that.
Yesterday, the Bloomberg administration managed to get into Channel 4′s second story that this was a joint investigation with the FBI and the Department of Read More