Saturday, August 18, 2012

In Liu of Oversight

When the AG concluded that EDC and its ancillary LDC puppet broke the law in engaging in illegal lobbying NYC Comptroller John Liu righteously concluded that there was a, "...'law breaking' culture at the Economic Development Corporation." That was over a month ago and we haven't heard a peep out of the comptroller since.

But what Liu knows is that the illegal lobbying was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unethical, illegal and dishonest activities over at the NYC EDC. He knows because we laid this out to Liu in two separate meeting with him and his staff-and some of this is alluded to in the WPU letter to the Times Ledger this week.

So while EDC plans its elaborate restructuring charade why is John Liu not jumping right into the fray? All of these shenanigans happened on John Liu's oversight watch-and he can't get away from his own responsibility to take action. Arguably, if he had taken the WPU complaints as as seriously as he should have-given the AG's findings and the fact that EDC violated its master agreement with the city-this "culture of corruption" would have been exposed way before the AG's delayed action-and the slap on the wrist that EDC received would have been more difficult for the AG to deliver.

If John Liu is serious about running for mayor-or simply running for re-election-than he needs to begin to take action and clean up this mess. His current silence is deafening.