By LOUIS FLORES
A press release, dated May 30, 2012, in which former New York City Comptroller John Liu called for a criminal investigation as a result of "findings of possible fraud" in the city's over-budget 911 emergency call system, was located on the online digital library service, Scribd.
An upgrade project of the 911 emergency call system, referred to as the Emergency Communications Transformation Program, or ECTP, is six years behind schedule and almost $1 billion over budget. The press release, which Progress Queens reported as missing, had been archived on Scribd by the popular blog Queens Crap, and the archive was linked to from a post regarding the ECTP's cost over-runs.
Were it not for Queens Crap's archived copy, government reform activists would not have access to the key government document, the only such written instrument authored from the Comptroller's Office in which a record of the referral of possible fraud was evidenced as having been made to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Former Comptroller Liu's successor, Scott Stringer, had the government's copy of the original press release removed from the Comptroller's Web site.
Progress Queens contacted the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance last week for comment about the municipal prosecutorial review of the ECTP program, but representatives of the Manhattan never answered the communication. For over two years, the D.A. Vance has been sitting on information from former Comptroller Liu's audit of ECTP. Government reform activists claim that D.A. Vance is loathe to investigate corruption in the ECTP upgrade out of fear of angering armies of lobbyists, campaign consultants, and powerful Defense contractors, who are being paid to work on the troubled ECTP upgrade.