Monday, January 30, 2012
Bloomberg caught fudging safety stats
From the NY Post:
Mayor Bloomberg’s visit to an unfinished Long Island City high-rise last week capped a series of upbeat announcements about how safe the city has become.
With crime and fire and motor-vehicle fatalities headed the right way, it was the Buildings Department’s turn to reveal its winning data.
“The great news keeps coming, this time in the arena of construction safety,” the mayor proclaimed alongside beaming elected officials and real-estate executives.
He added that construction injuries had plummeted 37 percent, from 241 in 2009 to 165 in 2010 to 152 last year.
There’s just one problem: The mayor’s numbers from last Monday don’t match those on the city’s Web site.
Buildings officials now say that the higher figures, which can still be found under Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR) at nyc.gov, were a mistake and that Bloomberg’s lower ones were correct.
Whatever the explanation, the snafu is, at the least, deeply embarrassing. Bloomberg has touted his administration as one built on data backed up by transparency. So why didn’t anyone spot numbers that were wrong four years running?
Because when the stats are fake, it's hard to tell.