Authorities announced Thursday that a two-year police investigation led to a major mob takedown involving the Lucchese crime family.
The 29 suspects awaiting arraignment include six inspectors from the Department of Buildings.
Two of the indicted are alleged leaders of the Lucchese organization, while another three allegedly belonged to both the mob and the city agency.
The indicted DOB inspectors, including two who were part of the department since the mid-1980s, took bribes in exchange for granting building permits, expediting inspections and ignoring building violations
Manhattan District Robert Morgenthau said the wire tap investigation started with a look into illegal gambling in September 2007 and it was a collaboration between his office, the New York Police Department and the Department of Investigation.
"They had important positions in the DOB. I mean, they were supervising other inspectors. They were conducting inspections themselves," said Morgenthau. "They weren't at the very top, but they had what should have been responsible positions, including the training of new inspectors."