Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Corruption on the Waterfront

I'm guessing that headline is not the first time that "corruption" and "waterfront" have appeared in a sentence together, but this time it might be a little different....

The NYTimes reported yesterday about corruption within the Waterfront Commission over the past several decades in an article titled "Corruption Found at Waterfront Watchdog." The article starts by saying:

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

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 capped a nearly two-year investigation in 2007 and 2008 that the commission had sought to block in court.

Read the rest of the article here.

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