From the Daily News:
Construction of the NYPD's new $1.5 billion Police Academy in Queens has suddenly been delayed, and angry aides to Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Bill Thompson each say the other is to blame.
Bloomberg aides charge that Thompson, the mayor's Democratic rival, came up with trivial excuses so he wouldn't have to register a major construction contract that would have allowed a groundbreaking at the College Point site this month.
The mayor would have presided at the groundbreaking, generating publicity right before the mayoral election in a borough he has to win to secure a third term.
He said Thompson wouldn't register the $656 million contract with Turner Construction/STV because the paperwork was botched.
"They did not give us all the documents we needed," Simmons said. "There was no document showing how the contract price was negotiated, no explanation of where the rest of the $1.5 billion was going."
The Mayor's Office now has to resubmit everything, making it virtually impossible to get a sign-off in time for a pre-Election Day groundbreaking.