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Citi Field and the mob

Jan 4, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

I’d say “only in New York,” but I spent a fair amount of time in my
legal practice doing construction law, and I learned that this kind of thing happens in
lots of places

The Mets shelled out $51.6 million in taxpayer money to contractors
shunned by the city for their ties to the Mafia, labor corruption or
bribery, The Post has learned. At least seven contractors the
city avoids were hired by the team to build Citi Field between 2006 and
2009, according to government records.

The tainted companies were paid from a $91 million pot the city Economic Development Corp. gave to the Mets.

It’s probably worth noting that a “tainted” company doesn’t mean a mobbed-up company any more than a company on some city-approved list is legitimate. There are tons of mob-connected or at the very least shady construction outfits on municipal approved lists all over the country because they made the right political contributions.

Likewise, there are lots of legit companies that are on non-approved lists because they wouldn’t play ball with with the right people. With “right people” usually being defined as a nogoodnik crony who got appointed to some mid-level job in the public works department because his brother-in-law knows people who knows people or something.  Big city construction is ugly.

And besides: which is the bigger misuse of money: $51.6 million to the mafia, or $36 million to Oliver Perez?

  1. Chris Simonds - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    How about 141 billion to CitiBank? Oliver Perez? Even Citi Field? Fuhgeddaboudit. Or as Hyman Roth would say, “Small potatoes.”

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Hear that NYS cost $92 million in olive oil, but try these $28 calzones!

  3. themarksmith - Jan 4, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    You wonder if that $51 million couldn’t be used to make that $36 million go away quietly.

  4. TigerS Boy ToY - Jan 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    There are lots of legit companies that are shunned by the City for
    many reasons beside being ” mobbed up “, LIKE NON PAYMENT OF TAXES AND MANY ,MANY OTHER REASONS.

  5. TigerS Boy ToY - Jan 4, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Hey Craig, why don’t you worry about that 45 million you owe D.Lowe, the Pitcher you bid against yourself for.
    Buh Bye

  6. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Oh boy, Craig, your blog today reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield’s immortal classroom response to the business plan for opening a store in Back to School. Pay off the unions. Pay off the mob. I generally hate remakes – they remind me of Oswald Spengler’s prediction of western cultural exhaustion in The Decline of the West – but I would love to see Danny DeVito as Omar Minaya replay that scene and describe how the stadium deal got done.
    Be honest now. Wouldn’t you pay nine bucks to go see that?

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