Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Parks contractor given the runaround

From Eyewitness News:

It's simple: if contractors don't work, they can't survive. It's been nearly 10 months now since a Yonkers construction company signed a lucrative bid with the New York City Parks Department. Now, the firm says bureaucratic foot dragging and delays are about to put them under.

At the end of April, the construction company says it finally was told to start work on the project in the Bronx, but a few days later it came to a screeching halt because the Parks Department didn't have approved plans or permits. Tuckahoe wonders why all that wasn't taken care of beforehand or before they signed the deal.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, the Parks Department said, "The Parks Department vigorously disagrees with the position of Tuckahoe Construction. Work may begin at both sites. All permits are in place."

The partners claim they checked on Thursday on the Staten Island project and found incomplete plans submitted by the Parks Department.

The Parks Department says it can't comment further because Tuckahoe Construction has threatened legal action, but it's worth noting that the permits for the Bronx park were suddenly available as of Thursday.


A Better NYC said...


Another city agency screwing things up.

City agencies have no accountability, no incentive to run themselves efficiently and worst of all, no consequences for poor performance.

Anonymous said...

Business as usual for the Department of Parks & Incompetence.