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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Daily News Digs into Filter Plant Bid Fiasco

Bill Egbert of the Daily News does some digging and finds more details on why a deal with a consortium to build the filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park went sour. Cost was not cited as a factor in a letter from Consortium leader Perini Corp., but rather "attendant circumstances." According the article, filings with the Security and Exchange Commission show that Perini is the subject of an investigation relating to "its contracting with disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses ..."

One question: Why does the Daily News consistently relegate hard news like this to its "Metro News" page, which often isn't available to Manhattan readers, and even some of the other boroughs? The filtration plant is hardly just a local issue. Croton water supplies parts of Manhattan and more in times of drought. And all city water rate payers are footing the bill for the mounting fines the federal government is levying on the city for failing to seal the deal on a plant construction contract by the Feb. deadline.


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