Councilman Proposes Tracker For Outcome On Investigations Into City Government

Rich Lamb
November 13, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Ritchie Torres

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A councilman from the Bronx introduced a bill aimed at helping to city improve its emergency response.

Councilman Ritchie Torres, of the Bronx, introduced the measure Wednesday to give the public a better window on the outcome of investigations into city government.

He notes that current, the Department of Investigation probes corruption, abuse of power, fraud and mismanagement in city agencies. It then recommends ways to fix the issues.

However, there’s no oversight to ensure the recommendations are followed.  

“DOI has no system for tracking whether agencies are implementing those reports,” Torres said, 

He adds an investigation is only as good as the result it produces.

His measure would “require DOI to create an online dashboard that would track the implementation of reforms agency by agency.”

“That dashboard would be available not only to elected officials like me but to members of the general public,” Torres said. “So it enables the public to hold DOI accountable for holding the rest of city government accountable.”

If passed, he hopes the bill will help the city improve its emergency responses for heat and power outages.

The bill was introduced on the same day that thousands of NYCHA residents were left in the cold when the heat suddenly went out at the Pelham Parkway Houses in the Bronx.