Phone

The city may be up to its eyeballs in bureaucracy, but some departments are looking their bills over carefully. So carefully that they have charged five contractors for running for over $5,000 in unauthorized long distance calls to Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama and Florida from city offices in the Bronx. One contractor had been calling his mother in the D.R. The men were working for a company that was installing telephone and computer lines for a Board of Elections office. BoE employees were suspicious when phone bills were much higher than usual. The city's Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gil Hearn says, " "Keeping in touch with friends and family is important but these defendants shouldn't expect the taxpayers to pay for these telephone calls." No, us taxpayers will just pay for other stupid stuff.