Contractor with ties to organized crime and a convicted bid-rigger, a bankrupt felon and tax scofflaw permitted to work for County under lax rulesSingas: “Nassau’s antiquated contracting process is a recipe for corruption and it’s critical that our leaders take immediate action to modernize and fortify this broken system.”
MINEOLA, NY – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas today released a report exposing troubling deficiencies in Nassau County’s contracting process and recommended wide-ranging reforms to insulate the process from improper influence, manipulation, collusion, and fraud. The report stems from an ongoing review of Nassau’s contracts and contracting process that Acting DA Singas’ office began in April.
“When it comes to government contracts, the honor system just doesn’t cut it,” Acting DA Singas said. “Nassau’s antiquated contracting process is a recipe for corruption and it’s critical that our leaders take immediate action to modernize and fortify this broken system.”
Acting DA Singas uncovered troubling problems with Nassau’s contracting process. Among them:
The investigation team is also vetting contractors’ criminal backgrounds, checking for unpaid taxes, cross-referencing barred contractor lists from other jurisdictions, and searching for other factors that may disqualify contractors. Investigators are directing special attention to contracts that began as unsolicited proposals, as well as those that narrowly escape legislative scrutiny by falling just shy of the $25,000 threshold, and contracts that evade NIFA approval by sliding in just below the $50,000 threshold.
The District Attorney’s review is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding government contract corruption is encouraged to contact the District Attorney’s Public Corruption Bureau at (516) 571-7755
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