NYC Department of Transportation
Hall of Shame
Since the passage of 1991 federal
legislation that made it easier for local government to spend its federal
transportation aid on positive projects like bikeways and traffic calming
plans, the NYC DoT has made some steps in the right direction. However, it has
also wasted millions of dollars in highly dubious staff-padding schemes. Here
we profile two of the most shameful:
Project Title: Voluntary Entry
by License Plate Program
Cost: $1.846 million
Staff: NYC DoT staff who would have otherwise been laid off by the City
Idea: That the NYC DoT will get people not to drive by distributing
educational materials establishing voluntary once-a-week license plate
Work Performed So Far: None evident
Real World Effect: Some DoT staff were able to keep their jobs.
Project Title: Community Based
Cost: Phase I: $400,000.00, Phase II: $400,000.00
Staff: Same as the Voluntary Entry by license Plate Program.
Idea: To establish a grant program from DoT to neighborhoods for
community transportation improvement priorities. It s a great idea, but half
the budget is allocated to DoT administration. Although Phase I was approved
and funded two years ago, the DoT has not issued one dime to ANY neighborhood.
Work Performed So Far: Paper shuffling inside the DoT, expenditure of
Real World Effect: Again, some DoT staff got to keep their jobs.
If you have questions about where
your federal tax money Is going, contact NYC DoT Commissioner Lee Sander at 40
Worth Street, NYC 10013. Better yet, clip this and send to Mayor Giuliani to
help him reinvent government. City Hall, NYC 10007.
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