Bronx Councilman To Introduce Bill To Give Whistleblowers Broader Protections

Rich Lamb
October 15, 2019 - 2:11 pm
Ritchie Torres

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As President Donald Trump continues to rage against whistleblowers in Washington, D.C., a politician in the Bronx is looking to strengthen protections for them in New York City.

Under the current protections policy for those who shed light on officials’ wrongdoings, the only people shielded are city workers and contractors who cooperate with the city’s Department of Investigation.

Councilman Ritchie Torres called the current protections “inadequate” and notes that he wants to expand those defenses with a new measure to amplify whistleblowing in New York City.

“It would extend whistleblower protection. To those who cooperate with City Council investigations and oversight hearings. Second, it would impose a timetable on whistleblower investigations,” he tells WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

He notes that some investigations have been known to drag on for years without any results.

“Those seeking whistleblower protection are entitled to closure, are entitled to a timely resolution of their whistleblower claim,” Torres said.

His bill would require the DOI to complete whistleblower investigations within 90 days.

Torres will introduce his legislation on Thursday.