Part III is here.

    First, ICYMI in the news feed, hack Dem mayor doing the Boss Tweed thing:

    EXCLUSIVE: @NYCMayor violated conflict of interest rules after being warned repeatedly not to solicit donations from individuals actively seeking favors from his administration, says a DOI report obtained by @THECITYNY’s @Gregbsmithnyc.

    — THE CITY (@THECITYNY) April 17, 2019


    Subway Chief May Quit Over Tensions With Cuomo, Colleagues Fear

    • Andy Byford, the executive hired to rescue New York City’s floundering subway, has clashed with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over management of the system.
    • If Mr. Byford were to step down, it would be a major blow to improvement efforts.

    By Emma G. Fitzsimmons @, 2 hrs ago

    [....] The two men did not speak between January and April, even as Mr. Byford was seeking to move forward on a sweeping $40 billion plan to overhaul the subway in the next decade [....]

    Mr. Byford’s colleagues said he was troubled that he did not have the support that he believes he needs from Mr. Cuomo to carry out ambitious plans for the system.

    Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, in turn has felt that Mr. Byford has been reluctant to embrace new technology and needed to understand the governor’s role as the elected official most responsible for the performance of the subways [....]

    Mr. Byford is president of New York City Transit, an arm of the authority that runs the subway and buses. Mr. Cuomo, who controls the authority, interviewed Mr. Byford and helped hire him for the job. Only a year ago, the pair were photographed on the subway tracks together showcasing a new “magnetic wand” that removes steel dust from the tracks.

    Mr. Byford, who is British, had received accolades for leading the Toronto transit system, where he won an award for transit system of the year from the American Public Transportation Association. He has also worked on both London and Sydney’s transit networks [....]


    To be continued in comments....


    Dare I say things look so Trumpian?


    By Greg B. Smith & Yoav Gonen @, April 19

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defunct nonprofit fundraising group is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the state’s ethics watchdog, THE CITY has learned.

    The Campaign for One New York, which raised millions from individuals doing business with de Blasio’s administration, began operations as the mayor arrived at City Hall in 2014. It took in $4.3 million for his pet causes before shutting down in early 2016.

    But during its brief life, the campaign inspired multiple investigations — including a long-running probe by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) [.....]

    On Wednesday, THE CITY revealed that the city Department of Investigation determined in October that de Blasio had violated city conflict-of-interest rules by soliciting donations from multiple individuals actively seeking favors from City Hall. The report found that the mayor had been warned not to seek donations in such cases.

    The DOI report, released under a Freedom of Information Law request from THE CITY filed in January, marked the first official finding that the mayor had violated the ethics rules that apply to all city workers [....]

    By The Editorial Board @, April 21, including "like President Trump..."

    Who’s Running New York City? Good Question. Key city roles sit vacant as Mayor de Blasio hits the campaign trail.

    [....] Before Mayor Bill de Blasio indulges his presidential hopes with another trip to Iowa or Nevada, he has some pressing business closer to home.

    There are more than a dozen key positions unfilled in New York City government. Agencies throughout the city’s $92 billion bureaucracy are without permanent leadership, or are being led by officials with substantial responsibilities elsewhere. Plus, like President Trump, Mr. de Blasio appears comfortable filling high-profile roles with acting officials [....]

    "Tens of millions". Enough to like: fix a subway section or two or three?

    The largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S. is accused of costing the New York City Transit Authority tens of millions of dollars by failing to police “fraudulent, abusive or excessive” claims for compounded medication prescriptions.

    — THE CITY (@THECITYNY) May 21, 2019

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