No wonder Mayor Bill de Blasio's Sandy recovery program is over budget and behind schedule.
The Daily News revealed that 71 consultants from Louisiana billed NYCHA $34 million in fees, plus $3.1 million in expenses to run a $3 billion repair program for 33 public housing units damaged by Sandy in 2012.
Why are costs so high? Let's start with the $300 hourly fee earned by each consultant. Then add costs for airfare, five-star hotels, and spouse visits, and these Baton Rouge bandits really know how to ride a gravy train first class all the way to the last stop.
NYCHA pays their tab because it won't learn from prior mistakes. Three years ago, NYCHA boss John Rhea paid Boston Consulting $10 million for a 100-page report on how to fix public housing problems.
That money could have been spent to maintain and repair facilities, such as fixing stairwell lights in Brooklyn's Pink Houses, which might have prevented a cop from
accidentally shooting an unarmed tenant.
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