Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Feds Probe NYC Storm Slowdown Reports

I'm glad they are investigating this. Supposively, the workers were told to take their time with the snow cleanup around NYC because the union and bosses were upset over the time/taken to get a new deal done. Now because of this, several people have died due to the weather and it is blamed on slow or lack there of cleanup around the city.

Fox News: A law enforcement official says federal prosecutors in New York are looking into claims sanitation workers sabotaged the city's snow cleanup after the post-Christmas blizzard.

The official says prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn opened a preliminary inquiry after a Queens city councilman contacted them. A city watchdog agency also is investigating.

Councilman Dan Halloran has said sanitation workers told him their supervisors made it clear workers who slacked off during the cleanup wouldn't be punished.

The official says public integrity prosecutors are looking into whether workers padded overtime and violated fraud statutes. The official wasn't authorized to speak about the inquiry and spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

It took several days to plow all city streets after the storm dumped 20 inches of snow.

Two sanitation union bosses have said the slowdown rumors are false.

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