Settlement of CityTime Scandal Will Pay for Teachers

Friday, May 04, 2012

The annual city budget tug-of-war has begun. While the City Council, which must approve the budget, is happy that the mayor will use $466 million from the CityTime scandal to hire 2,570 more teachers, forces are amassing to restore millions of city dollars that have provided after-school and child care services.

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City to Take Over Scandal-Plagued CityTime Payroll Project

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The city is taking control of a scandal-plagued payroll project away from outside consultants.



Nearly All $600M Paid for CityTime Project Is Tainted, Officials Say

Monday, June 20, 2011

Nearly all of the $600 million the city paid for the automated payroll project CityTime was directly or indirectly tainted, authorities now estimate.

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Financial 411: Insourcing Vs. Outsourcing

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New York City has run up some very high bills for information technology services. The Bloomberg administration now says the answer to cost overruns is to rely more on city workers.

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Liu OKs Call System Improvements

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York City Comptroller John Liu gave the go-ahead on the next phase of the 911 call system overhaul now that the Bloomberg administration has reduced its projected cost.


Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Metro-North Gets Earful from CT Commuters; Home Buyers Moving Closer to Transit, and Florida Pols Try to Save That State's HSR

Friday, February 18, 2011

NY's MTA scrapped plans to hire the main technology company working on the city's scandal-plagued CityTime project. (NY Daily News)

Metro-North got an earful from Connecticut commuters about this winter's service woes. "We need a reliable commuting system. This is not just an inconvenience, it's affecting our economy," said one. (Hartford Courant)

Home buyers are moving closer to public transit. (Marketplace; adapted from Back of the Bus)

Princeton University and local officials meet to try to resolve issues over the university's $300 million arts and transit neighborhood. (Star-Ledger)

Florida politicians try to save that state's high-speed rail project. (Marketplace)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford “can’t get into details” on his ambitious plan to privately fund $5-billion worth of subway, but he says residents should feel confident they’re getting the transit they voted for. (The Globe and Mail)

Good posts a beautiful film about cycling in Copenhagen.

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Florida politicians met with RayLaHood to try to make an end run around Governor Scott's decision to refuse federal money for high-speed rail. California tells feds: if they don't want the HSR money, we'll take it. Delta got hit with a $2 million fine for violating disability rules. And rural residents are losing access to intercity transportation.

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Millions Seized From Alleged CityTime Schemers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Investigators have seized $26 million from the six people charged in the CityTime kickback and money laundering scheme.

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Head of City Payroll Office Resigns

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The head of the office that oversees the troubled CityTime payroll system has resigned, effective December 31.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: How Ethanol Affects Food Prices, Honda Takes to the Air, and Colorado City To Link Schools with Bike Lanes

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NPR reports on how US ethanol subsidies affect food prices. "When the price of gas goes up, it raises the demand for ethanol — and that means consumers will feel it in two places: at the gas pump and on the dinner table."

The Federal Transit Administration awarded $25.7 million in grants to help communities analyze and expand their transit systems. One of the winners was Washington DC, which won $1 million for a feasibility study looking at running streetcars along DC's K Street. (WAMU)

Next American City asks: can a new streetcar save Atlanta's MARTA?

From four wheels to two wings: Honda just made its first flight in a FAA-conforming jet, paving the way for Honda Aircraft to sell planes in the American market. (AutoNews)

The Aurora (Colorado) City Council moved forward with a plan to implement bike lanes that will connect nine area schools. (Aurora Sentinel)

The New York State comptroller rejected a $118 million transit contract with Science Applications International Corp., saying the company's role in the CityTime contracting scandal remains unclear. (Wall Street Journal)

The New York Daily News wrote an editorial taking the MTA to task for "replacing subway literature with self-congratulatory ads." Reminder: write your own literary service announcement and post it to the WNYC website!

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Bloomberg Suspends Head of City Payroll Amid CityTime Troubles

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The head of the office that oversees New York City's troubled CityTime payroll system has been shown the door. Joel Bondy, executive director of the city's Office of Payroll Administration, was suspended without pay on Wednesday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.

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Four Consultants Charged in Alleged CityTime Fraud

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Four consultants have been accused of defrauding New York City of $80 million by steering contracts to shell companies that they controlled. The wife and mother of one of the consultants were also charged. The defendents were charged with conspiracy in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, but haven't entered pleas.

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