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New York City - Bloomberg Sues Former Rival Thompson Over Jail

Published on: December 1, 2009 06:47 PM
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New York City - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is suing his former rival Comptroller William Thompson Jr. over the Democrat’s refusal to enable the expansion of a Brooklyn jail.

The mayor and the city Department of Design and Construction filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Mr. Thompson has called the Brooklyn House of Detention project “flawed and wasteful.” The defeated Democratic mayoral candidate has refused to register a city contract for architectural planning of the jail expansion.

Mr. Thompson’s office says he was “protecting the public” by blocking a contract that was “improper and tainted by favoritism.” He has said the project would hurt the neighborhood surrounding the jail.

City lawyers say the contract was awarded properly. They say the jail needs to be expanded to alleviate crowding on Rikers Island.

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 Dec 01, 2009 at 07:53 PM Anonymous Says:

power to you mr. thompson at least some one is now looking out for my tax dollar


 Dec 01, 2009 at 08:35 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

Why go to court? Wait until January and let the new guy sign it.


 Dec 02, 2009 at 06:39 AM yosse nathan Says:

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Anonymous Says:

power to you mr. thompson at least some one is now looking out for my tax dollar

i wonder what you will be saying when the courts force the city to release inmates do to overcrowding on RIKERS ISLAND


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