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Sandy auditor let go after criticizing state
Times Union ^ | January 17, 2013 | James M. Odato

Posted on 01/20/2013 9:00:44 PM PST by george76

Consultant hired to examine Sandy spending says his report led to dismissal.

An independent consultant who examined New York's spending for Superstorm Sandy found what he believes are questionable transactions and practices, including poor oversight of the use of state credit cards, orders for a fleet of SUVs and the purchase of iPads that did not seem necessary for recovery efforts.

The consultant, who was expelled by the state after issuing a series of recommendations to improve procurement practices, said it appeared from his examination that government officials bought and rented equipment that should have been stockpiled or lined up months or years earlier, and sought to acquire assets that didn't seem necessary for the immediate tasks at hand.

"They're trying to get stuff that would be cool to have, but we don't really need it for this incident — but maybe we can get the feds to pay for it," said Thomas Sadowski, the consultant.

He said many pieces of equipment were nearly impossible to track once put into the field, including millions of dollars in light towers, pumps, generators and provisions. As a result, the state was unsure what it owned, leased or lost during the immediate response to the late October hurricane, Sadowski said.

Sadowski, a 63-year-old licensed certified public accountant since 1983 who retired after 32 years with the federal government, said he was escorted from the New York Office of Emergency Management shortly after he filed a report on Nov. 17 that was critical of some practices.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesunion.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut; US: New Jersey; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: corruption; fired; sandy; taxes

1 posted on 01/20/2013 9:00:50 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

2 posted on 01/20/2013 9:04:16 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: george76
The scariest words in the English language...

We're with the government and we're here to help you.

3 posted on 01/20/2013 9:06:48 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: george76

Un fricking believable


4 posted on 01/20/2013 9:06:56 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: george76

To be perfectly fair, having been involved in a number of catastrophe responses, the managers are going to be criticized no matter what they do.

If they have tight controls in place, the response, by definition, moves slowly and they’re criticized for that.

If they move quickly, by definition the response is not well controlled and fraud and waste happens. They are they criticized for that.

Goes back to the old saw: You can have fast, cheap or quality. Pick any two.

But you can’t have all three.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 9:07:49 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Which is not to say that the managers in these cases cannot also be involved in conscious fraud/waste. Only that it’s terribly easy to unfairly criticize even good faith attempts at response.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 9:09:48 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: george76
When Bloomberg isn't pleased, he gets rid of somebody


7 posted on 01/20/2013 9:09:52 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Great, but devastating.


8 posted on 01/20/2013 9:09:55 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: george76
The consultant, who was expelled by the state

Expelled? He's lucky he wasn't Breitbart'ed...

9 posted on 01/20/2013 9:12:09 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: george76

I hate to be the cynic that I have become...but this is probably not a “new” waste of money for crises situations.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 9:16:24 PM PST by berdie
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To: george76

I bet they can’t wait until the big infusions of federal money begins rolling in!!!


11 posted on 01/20/2013 9:30:13 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: george76

That’s OK. Congress is sending 50 billion of the taxpayer’s dollars to pay for that and a whole lot more. I now know how CA is going to get out of its financial mess. It will wait for the inevitable earthquake and then request and get a few hundred billion extra from the feds.


12 posted on 01/20/2013 9:42:47 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: george76

george76 ~ (from the article):” Sadowski, a 63-year-old licensed certified public accountant since 1983 who retired after 32 years with the federal government, said he was escorted from the New York Office of Emergency Management shortly after he filed a report on Nov. 17 that was critical of some practices.”

Obviously , they didnt want to hear what he had to say !
That’s the way that New York State Government operates !
Now Andy , put the chickita away for the time being (you can play later) , and grab New York Citizen’s guns so that the only ones armed are the ‘CRIMINAL ELEMENT’ !

Go for the Guns - photo Op time
The only camera whore more than you in N.Y., Andy , is Chuckie Schumer !
All this so that you can appear more libturd than Obama !


13 posted on 01/20/2013 11:51:36 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Pay attention - the inmates ARE running the asylum!)
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To: george76

Misspending government funds? I’m SHOCKED!


14 posted on 01/21/2013 12:14:15 AM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Fire all politicians and impeach the judges.)
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To: Sherman Logan

You can if you know what you are doing. We do it in the private sector everyday. I’ve been in charge of million dollar projects that, with simple planning, moved quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.


15 posted on 01/21/2013 12:17:51 AM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Fire all politicians and impeach the judges.)
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To: george76

Nothing really matters-—they control the mainstream news and perceptions of the ignorant masses and can cheat and lie ‘ad nauseum’ in elections-—they probably have control over all voting machines so they really don’t worry about elections—they get billions from foreigners and the Illuminati pick all candidates anyway that have a chance-—They destroy anyone they don’t like—with millions of dollars and their press machine.....and anyone like Brietbart who understands exactly what their methodology is and gets a soapbox and is brilliant——and has great success-—will be killed. That death was a *warning* to whomever had the goods on zero, which is now permanently buried.

This is what the Satanic Leftists have been doing for over a 100 years.—to destroy Christianity. With degeneracy, they will control everything—it is why the constant porn and sodomy promotion in schools. Sex Ed corrupts children—they need to stay relatively innocence until 12 or 13 to form normal sexually. Otherwise, they become preoccupied with sex and looks and superficial things which they are not emotionally ready for which destroys their desire to master Knowledge. IQ suffers. Lukacs destroyed Hungary with his Sex Ed program in early 20’s. Cultural Marxists have known this for a century-—best way to collapse a culture—destroy the minds and morals of the little children. With moms working and schools now controlling really young minds-—children are institutionalized and brainwashed easily with curricula drenched in Marxist ideology and sexualized.

The illuminati had control over all press outlets that mattered in the early 1900’s and the curricula in public schools with Dewey by the 30’s to destroy and shape and brainwash the minds of the next generations.

Whitaker Chambers warned us—Yuri Bresmenov -ex KGB warned us in 70’s and in 78 Solzhenitsyn warned us about our Press being liars in 78 at his Harvard address—stating US press was as bad as Stalin’s but we were under the illusion we had “Free” press.

I read a book a long time ago— Taylor Caldwell’s “Captains and the Kings”. It really did outline the money that actually was pulling all strings-—for candidates and politics and assassinations.

What can we do?——educate our own children and your grandchildren—get them off of the toxic culture grid-—and OUT of the “public schools” . Remember—the most brilliant men in US history did NOT go to “group think indoctrination centers”. Those kill creativity, incentive, competitiveness and masculinity. Our geniuses were homeschooled or tutored or were self-taught like Ben Franklin and Lincoln. Like Dennis Prager stated-—minds like Jobs and Gates—didn’t go through the inane universities which destroy character and as Prager stated-—It beats the Common Sense out of you. Makes you dumb.

With the internet and free excellent math programs on the internet...it could really be fun and easy to homeschool now : ) The resources are so superior today because of the internet and all the homeschooling curricula is excellent. I used some of it including their Latin course which was WAY superior than what I had in Catholic High School. They even have the Saxon math books and I think you can get the original McGuffey Readers, which was character-building curricula and the language and vocabulary for fourth grade beats that in graduate schools. I know—I have the McGuffey Readers. (Classics and the Bible).

The only way we will save this Republic is to take our children off of the Leftists’ sewer lines and quit feeding them cash and the minds of our little children. We have to truly EDUCATE our children, teach them morality, along with our grandchildren and extended families.


16 posted on 01/21/2013 12:35:01 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: george76
Massive corruption? In government? No. This can't be true.
New Jersey Governor Pork Porkie would never expect the Republican House to pass a bill loaded with pork because...
Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
17 posted on 01/21/2013 1:02:52 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ...

Massive ‘Sandy’ corruption

(( ping )).


18 posted on 01/21/2013 1:05:05 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

A Republic, madam ... if you can keep it.


19 posted on 01/21/2013 2:04:46 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Fledermaus; Sherman Logan
You can if you know what you are doing. We do it in the private sector everyday. I’ve been in charge of million dollar projects that, with simple planning, moved quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

1. First, a million dollar project isn't necessarily a big deal. If you are, say, installing a new tape backup system, the tape library (capacity 1,200 tapes and one dozen high speed drives) might be $800,000. Add $50,000 for the humans setting it up, and there are a number of ways the remaining $150,000 could be spent (servers, utility software, etc.) without the project being terribly complex. Very little of the spending is discretionary.

2. You have to include the planning time in the speed of your project. I suspect you got everyone on the same page before you even got to Gate Zero. You had the luxury of setting everything up, and putting it in motion, as a good project manager should. You did NOT whip up execution in 24 hours before expending your first resources.

3. That level of planning cannot be done ahead of time when you don't know what will be damaged/destroyed and who will be displaced.

4. Of course, NY being a government enterprise, there is plenty of room for intrigue and malfeasance. Even if the government subcontracted the whole thing to a Halliburton type operation, the risk of misbehaviour arises from government regulations and also from being an extra step removed from regular market mechanisms (performance being only one criterion among many that determines payment). It would be about as clean and efficient as military procurement.
20 posted on 01/21/2013 4:17:52 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Dr. Sivana

You are quite correct in your comments.

Emergency response is an entirely different animal from a “normal” project.

Although insurance adjusters, auditors and others who come in after the fact to decide who gets paid and how much never seem to appreciate that fact.

The closest analogy I can think of is target shooting vs. combat. The mechanisms seem pretty close, but the reality is utterly different.


21 posted on 01/21/2013 5:41:11 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Lancey Howard; george76

Hardly a surprise they sent Sadowski packing, he wasn’t going along with the corruption but making waves. Noticed the word union wasn’t mentioned once in the article.

Thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 01/21/2013 8:49:17 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Lancey Howard

Wow....thanks for the info. Good for this auditor......this is our money.


23 posted on 01/21/2013 9:20:21 AM PST by Girlene
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To: F15Eagle

I can see Christy ending up in prison. There’s someting about him. And he’s from NJ.


24 posted on 01/21/2013 9:39:25 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

I expect to see him at a $7.99 buffet - with a whole lot of disappointed folks who were unfortunate enough to get in line behind him.


25 posted on 01/21/2013 10:04:52 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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.this is our money.

Not any more. (

26 posted on 01/21/2013 11:32:14 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Dr. Sivana
You did NOT whip up execution in 24 hours before expending your first resources.

And why should government spending? Any quick infusion of cash SHOULD have been planned for in long term contingency and insurance. The spending for repairs and replacement of infrastructure should be planned. The only "quick" spending I've done is on changes during the project or add-ons and that was even done with a plan even though it was executed quickly.

As to my projects, I should have said "projects with millions of dollars" and not just $1 mil. No more quick writing late at night!

As usual with unaccountable government, they just saw another slush fund to buy goodies for themselves. I wonder how much of what is bought (Ipads, etc.) in the first few days end up at the homes of employees.

27 posted on 01/21/2013 11:40:50 AM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Fire all politicians and impeach the judges.)
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