A top agency official was caught on tape explaining how he regularly killed code violations as a favor to the guy who got him his cushy job.
On Wednesday Daniel Cornwell, 31, the $105,000-a-year chief of the Emergency Response Unit that responds to building collapses, became the 12th DOB employee busted in the city Department of Investigation’s probe of corruption at the troubled agency.
In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, DOI revealed how Cornwell was caught on tape discussing killing a code violation as a favor to Donald O'Connor, the agency’s chief of development for Manhattan.
Prosecutors say O’Connor – who was busted in February – who was regularly pocketing bribes from contractors to ignore or kill their many code citations.
On Aug. 12, 2014, someone filed a complaint with the agency about a contractor working without a permit at a Bayside, Queens jobsite.
DOI says they overheard O’Connor – who had no jurisdiction in Queens – call Cornwell to say his contractor friend “Mike” needed a favor. He asked Cornwell to kill the complaint, and Cornwell had O’Connor send him the complaint number.
DOI checked and discovered the contractor was, in fact, working without a permit, but discovered that the complaint had nevertheless been dismissed.