NY Post: Poor oversight on park renovations has cost taxpayers $5M

NY Post

“The city Parks Department’s shoddy oversight over how private contractors handle department construction projects has cost taxpayers nearly $5 million, including nearly $800,000 at President Trump’s fancy golf course in The Bronx, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said.

“The weaknesses we found in [the department’s] controls over” construction managers “were evidenced by missing and incomplete construction records, flawed designs, delays in obtaining required permits, and instances in which coordination with other agencies and utilities was neglected or ineffective,” Stringer’s office said after conducting a two-year audit ending June 30, 2016.

“Given these deficiencies, [Parks] cannot consistently ensure that [construction managers] are fulfilling their contractual responsibilities to properly monitor construction contractors’ activities and communicate results to [the department]….”

“…The audit covered 69 projects, 27 of which were not completed on schedule.

The department said it “disagrees with the report and many of its findings and conclusions…”

 

For Comptroller Stringer’s Report here.

 

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