The job of probing the City Council's slush fund has grown so large that the city's top watchdog said yesterday she needs more investigators to handle the "crushing" workload.
PROBER FEELING CRUSH OF $LUSH
Investigations Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told a council budget hearing that she has asked City Hall to let her hire four more investigators and auditors to help in the far-reaching probe that has so far resulted in two federal indictments.
The Department of Investigation is probing the council's use of fictitious organizations to park $17 million since 2001. The funds were dispensed to community groups after the budget was adopted each year in June.
Hearn said her investigation so far is looking at 42 not-for-profit organizations, including a dozen reported to a city hot line set up after the indictment last month of two council staffers.