From the NY Post:
The city's former chief cranes inspector took a two-to-six-year prison plea today, admitting he repeatedly sold answers to the crane operator licensing test -- and the licenses themselves -- for as little as $500 a pop.
Disgraced Department of Buildings official James Delayo and his bargain-basement greed put at least a handful of under-qualified people behind the controls of the 200-foot-high, 50-ton cranes known as "cherry pickers."
Delayo, 61, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty to pocketing petty bribes -- prosecutors could only prove he took a little over $10,000 over the course of 7 years -- to pass cranes through inspection.
Prosecutors said he sold his favors to the owner of a Long Island-based crane company, Nu-Way Crane Service, which employed 13 operators.
The Copiague-based company's owner, Michael Sackaris, remains charged with bribery in the case, as is one of his crane operators, Michael Pascalli. Prosecutors say Pascalli, 24, bribed Delayo to sign off on a drivers exam he never took.