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City Councilman Garodnick Proposes Enhanced Whistleblower Protections

City Councilman Daniel Garodnick (file / credit: Councilman's Office)

City Councilman Daniel Garodnick (file / credit: Councilman’s Office)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - With outside contractors doing $10 billion in business with New York City this year, there is plenty of room for impropriety.

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Citing the multi-million dollar CityTime scandal, City Council member Daniel Garodnick, who is looking at a run for comptroller, says it’s about time non-city employees working under city contracts get whistleblower protection.

“This years budget alone had more than 17,000 meaning that there is an entire universe of employees who are working on projects out there, subsidized with taxpayer dollars, who do not have the same protection against retaliatory action,” Garodnick said Thursday.

He says passage of his bill would encourage workers to report corruption, criminal activity, misconduct, and conflicts of interest.

Garodnick says we need assurances that all companies doing business with the city provide whistleblower protections and make their workers aware of it.

The company in charge of developing New York City’s troubled CityTime payroll system is paying back half a billion dollars in alleged over billing.

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