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NY Panel Blocks $7M Stimulus Project Over Bidding

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Inspector General Joseph Fisch has found improper bidding at the heart of a $7 million project that was to be paid for with federal stimulus funds.

Fisch heads the state board that reviews contracts slated to be covered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal program that sent billions to New York for infrastructure and other projects.

Fisch said Tuesday the contract involves weatherizing almost 17,000 windows at a housing complex in Brooklyn. Five of the 10 vendors who bid for the work complained the winning bidder failed to meet several criteria designed to ensure fairness.

The project will be rebid.

No charges were filed.

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