Skip to comments.Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice
Posted on 04/15/2014 10:01:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Montreals mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the elephant in the room when trying to lure investment to Canadas second-largest city.
At a luncheon speech to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Denis Coderre said he is looking to New York City for inspiration.
He highlighted the creation of Montreals Inspector Generals office, which has sweeping powers to investigate municipal contracts. The new agency is inspired partly by New York Citys Department of Investigations, created in 1873 in response to the scandal over municipal funds stolen by William Boss Tweed and his associates, who controlled the city through the infamous Tammany Hall political machine.
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Now that there’s funny.
The problem that Montreal has is that it is all mobbed up. At this point in time, the most powerful Mafia family in North America is in Montreal, the Rizzutos. They have more money and resources than any of the NY families at this time. What they need is their own Rudy Guiliani and twenty years to fix the problem. Monreal is like NYC in the 50’s and 60’s, run by the Mob.
That’s another part of the explanation of why manufacturing fled NYC during that era. The expansion of city social programs in that time period is the primary part.
In many instances, public issues with the mob is evidence of a weak, feuding, mob. A city with a strong mob dosed not see their dirty laundry published in the newspapers.
I once dated a woman whose father owned a dry cleaning store in a city with a strong mob. The money he paid to the mob was the best he ever spent, far more beneficial and effective than taxes. When the street light in front of his shop went out he called his contact, and it was fixed the next day. When teenage punks started hanging out in front of his store, frightening his customers away, the police told him they had a right to do that. A call to his contact and two men with Italian-sounding names showed up and explained to the kids they should go somewhere else. The next day there were physical injuries, and the kids went away and never came back. Street crime was very, very low. The really bad guys somehow went on the injured reserve list, and no one took their place.