The DOI is the only entity of its kind in the country - a city watchdog agency solely designed to root out government graft.
Unique law enforcement agency tackles NYC corruption
A relatively small outfit compared to its larger crime-fighting brethren, the DOI's mission is daunting: Keeping 300,000 city employees at scores of agencies honest as well as city-elected officials, boards, commissions, the school system and the housing authority.
The oft-overlooked agency was created more than a century ago in the wake of the Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall scandals that robbed taxpayers of millions of dollars and became synonymous with political corruption.
[The commissioner] also decided not to regularly meet with the mayor; Hearn says she keeps Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a healthy arm's length and has a good relationship with him.
"The mayor is tremendously supportive of me and the DOI," Hearn said in one of two interviews. "He's not interested in sweeping things under the rug - ever."
Well then we can't wait to hear how the mayor was able to have one of his Deputy Mayors and one of his CAU commissioners work on his presidential campaign while on the city payroll and then shipped the latter off to the Parkside Group to carry out the plan. Also still curious how the city is allowed to use taxpayer money to hire this same politically connected group to work as a lobbyist on its behalf.
Please, Ms. Hearn, investigate.