During his run for mayor in 2013, then-public advocate Bill de Blasio blasted then-mayor Mike Bloomberg for spending too much money on consultants. He vowed to "end the consultant class" if elected.
Flash forward four years, and far from ending consultants' role he expanded it and called five of them "agents of the city" to shield them from media scrutiny.
Our misguided mayor just hired Kroll Associates at $550 per hour to probe the Administration for Children's Services in "an open-ended contract that could continue for years," according to the New York Post.
This lucrative contract raises some disturbing questions. Was it competitively bid or awarded on a no-bid basis? Why was Kroll picked for this job and what experience does it have in child protection and welfare programs?
Founded 45 years ago, Kroll focuses primarily on corporate security and corruption. It uncovers kickbacks, billing fraud and other malfeasance, but Kroll has no apparent expertise for the new project it will tackle.
Did political connections play a role in winning this contract?
Our mayor fails to learn from his mistakes. He defends a NYCHA contract with a Louisiana firm to oversee the repair of housing projects damaged by Superstorm Sandy that is now $14 million over budget and way behind schedule.
To re-phrase an old adage, "those who can do, and those who can't
consult." But not on our dime.
Our elected officials must get these high-priced hucksters off the public payroll ASAP.
Kew Gardens Hills