From CityTime to hard time-it's truly amazing how this massive defrauding could have taken place right in full view, and in of one of the most vaunted mayoral administrations in this city's history. This mayor, after all, styled all throughout the latter part of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 as the one man capable of saving the city from the ruinous effects of the Great Recession-all the while the city was being ripped off by thieves hired by Mike Bloomberg to bring greater efficiencies into NY's accounting systems.
The reason this was allowed to fester, and not nipped in the bud, was because of the manner in which this mayor governs-with a hauteur that allows for little feedback and no real system of managerial checks and balances. CityTime is Mike Bloomberg being hoisted on his own hubristic petard-tone deaf to the warnings being issued by the NY Daily News' Juan Gonzales about the ticking time bomb that exploded in the mayor's face the other day.
As Gonzales wrote yesterday: "Federal prosecutors have finally begun to unravel one of the biggest scandals of the Bloomberg era. But one major question remains: Where were city officials all those years that computer consultant Mark Mazer and his cronies allegedly stole more than $80 million in taxpayer money from the CityTime project? How did a cutting-edge payroll system meant to eliminate fraud and waste by public employees become what prosecutors say is a nest of even bigger fraud, waste and money laundering by private contractors?"