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CityTime Crime is Up at City HallBy Suzannah B. Troy artist, activist, YouTuber, BloggerA young man and woman were sitting on a bench in Washington Square Park reading The New York Times so I politely walked up to them and asked if they were familiar with "CityTime". The couple said they were not. I can't say I was surprised but I was disappointed. Mainstream media has done it's best to not report the biggest city crimes ever in NYC government history and all under our billionaire mayor, Mike Bloomberg who was supposed to be such a great business man and made a fortune with technology.
Reminder, main stream press also refused to report any opposition to Mike Bloomberg's run for a third term.
There are so many tech related scandals at City Hall from Board of Ed to the 2 billion dollars 911 Tech System called ECTP which may one day be revealed to be a bigger scam than CityTime but CityTime, for now remains the biggest fraud, theft and abuse of tax payer dollars measuring a mere $780 million dollars only if you don't count the fact we threw away a payroll system that worked for CityTime, an Orwellian Time clock meant to save the city dollars from city workers stealing some time here or there but no one imagined mega-millions in theft by consultants. It wasn't until some consultants from Spherion doing "quality control" on SAIC and CityTime got caught stealing $80 million in cash that anyone actually took notice and Dept. of Investigation was forced to do their job. The head of Office of Payroll (OPA) Richard Valcich had written a whistle blowing letter in Feb. 2003 complaining about SAIC's work performance and over billing.... and when the City did nothing Valcich resigned.
Let's rewind. Mayor Rudy Guiliani threw out AutoTime, a payroll system designed, created and run by NYC government workers. An insider told me that AutoTime could have been expanded but instead Rudy brought in CityTime and.....SAIC which stands for Science Application International Corporation.
Why would Rudy do this?
AutoTime and NYC Gov. workers would be like a diner and working class folks vs CityTime and SAIC as in Elaine's and power brokers/networking as in Rudy had his eye on The White House.
"Mega-contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel supply the government with brawn. But the biggest, most powerful of the "body shops"—SAIC, which employs 44,000 people and took in $8 billion last year—sells brainpower, including a lot of the "expertise" behind the Iraq war."
Apparently although publicly owned SAIC top people include made ex-CIA and White House retirees....
You should know the estimated cost for CityTime was 68 million dollars, tax payer dollars and without any investigation from the Dept. of Investigation CityTime ballooned to over 760 million not including the costs of throwing out payroll systems that worked. Reminder, the system was to prevent city workers from stealing but apparently way too many consultants lied on their times sheets and they stole millions and also committed fraud because despite what Mike Bloomberg says the CityTime system is rumored to be flawed and The NY Post reported the City is going to look at new systems.
So Mike Bloomberg takes over from Rudy Giuliani and the rest is history. Mike Bloomberg is the king of outsourcing and it appears that many people he outsourced jobs to as he laid off NYC government workers were stealing. One of the Spherion consultants showed up at a bank here in NY with a duffel bag filled with cash and the bank asked where did you get the cash. Otherwise this might have gone on and on.
Than came news that the owners of TechnoDyne yet another sub-contractor had high-tailed it to India but not before sending out a mass email to employees you are terminated and the Allens are now wanted and 450 million is in question. A man connected to the Spherion theft has also left the country so that makes 3 suspects we may never get back here to NYC to demand justice. Mike Bloomberg said we would get all 80 million dollars back the Spherion consultants stole. So far we have only gotten 28 million dollars back. Do you think Mike will right us the tax payers the difference if we never see the return of that money stolen?
US Attorney Preet Bharara“Unfortunately, in just a few months since the first announcement of arrests, we have developed evidence that the corruption on CityTime was epic in duration, magnitude and scope,” Bharara
From the US Attorney Press Release dated: June 20, 2011
"Alleged Criminal Scheme Extended Across Virtually Every Level Of CityTime Project; Contractors And Subcontractors Systematically Inflated Costs, Overbilled For Consultants’ Time, And Artificially Extended Completion Date."
There is so much more to this story to tell you including an infamous MTA SAIC deal that almost was and about SAIC's lobbyists that include Liz Holzman and Rudy's best friend, once deputy mayor, Peter Powers but try and digest this for now. This is just the very beginning of a story that is still unfolding.
So why do most New Yorkers not know about this? If a bank was robbed down the street from where you lived of let's say a 80 million dollars would you know? Yes, but because it is tax payer money do people not seem to care or is it the New York mainstream media is doing it's best to suppress the news the way. When the 80 million was first revealed stolen by Spherion consultants doing quality control on SAIC for the CityTime project Mike's response was like a drug king pin pushing heroin. He praised SAIC just like he pushed for a full renewal for SAIC last Sept. 28 which I, a community activist fought along with Local 375 that Union that brought this gross tax payer abuse to light quite a long time ago but no main stream press was interested except for Juan Gonzalez and his work was award winning.
We won and prevented a full renewal thanks to John Liu who is making history in every way that Mike Bloomberg and his comptroller Bill Thompson clearly failed the tax payers with CityTime not to mention the pension abuses including the pay to play scandals.
Mike Bloomberg was just forced to drop his enthusiasm for SAIC and demand SAIC give us, the People of New York City 600 million dollars back plus damages. At first I was pleased but than when Mike Bloomberg and Rose Gill Hearn, the head of Dept. of Investigation started doing their infomercials stating CityTime works I knew it was still Mike Bloomberg, smoke and mirrors. I use the word informercial because the press refused and continues to refuse to ask Mike Bloomberg and Rose Gill Hearn tough questions on CityTime and SAIC as well as the many sub-contractors yet to be indicted along with City government workers yet to be arrested.... I would like to ask Rose Gill Hearn when was the 1st time CityTime scandals and accusations against SAIC 1st crossed your desk. Well NY1 did not ask her that. No one in the press has.
I want 780 million dollars back plus damages Mike Bloomberg and I want Rudy's right hand man and Rudy himself to answer some tough questions but under oath. There is no way Rudy should be running for President and ditto for Mike Bloomberg along with Liz Holzman, Bill Thompson and even Christine Quinn who brushed aside to city council investigations in to CityTime brought by Council woman Tish James.
Instead they should all be consulting with lawyers. I just wish the tax payers weren't burden with their legal bill either. We pay Mike Bloomberg one dollar a year but hopefully he isn't making us pay his legal bills for advise on his role in CityTime as well as breaking campaign laws.
July 18th, 2011 my newest post!