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Mike Bloomberg 911 tech nightmares $,John Liu, Blizzard, Steve Rattner, Cathie Black

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Published on Jan 3, 2011

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Strike two for Goldsmith
Stephen Goldsmith was hailed as an innovator when he joined the Bloomberg administration last summer, but he has been criticized for the city's response to last week's blizzard. The deputy mayor for operations suffered another setback yesterday when city Comptroller John Liu rejected a $286 million contract request that's part of the city's $2 billion project to upgrade its antiquated emergency-response system—a major project in Goldsmith's portfolio.

Liu cited cost overruns, open-ended billing arrangements and multiple layers of subcontractors. He likened the upgrades, known as the Emergency Communications Transformation Program, to the scandal-plagued CityTime endeavor.

The creation of a new 911 operations center in Brooklyn and a backup center in the Bronx is intended to integrate ambulance, fire and police responses. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications is managing the project, but the NYPD and the FDNY have resisted changes that would reduce their autonomy, according to an insider. The source also said the city has run into problems developing the new system's proprietary software.

Skip Funk, the recently appointed emergency communications czar who helped modernize Chicago's emergency system, is reviewing the project's budget, a Bloomberg spokesman said.

Political operative and blogger Gary Tilzer, a critic of the administration, says the blizzard response and the contract problems cited by Liu suggest that Goldsmith is better with theory than with actual management. Tilzer does not doubt that Department of Sanitation workers unhappy with their contract situation delayed the snow cleanup, but he said: "A first deputy mayor who has his ear to the ground would be able to react to that immediately. Goldsmith doesn't know any people in New York City."

Of the questions raised by Liu about a city contract being ripe for abuse and overruns, Tilzer says: "This place is not the Midwest. There's a lot of scoundrels all around you."

The city has spent $645 million on the emergency upgrades. The administration said Monday that it will work with Liu's office to resolve his concerns.




Erik Engquist| Politics Editor
CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS

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