When exHizzoner Bloomberg was in control of the program to overhaul the 911 system in New York City, he made millionaires out of scores of tech consultants. The result? The $2 billion project is millions over budget and years behind schedule.
The new guy, de Blasio, has cut three quarters of the consultants and brought supervision of the project in-house.
It may or may not go better, but it sure ain’t gonna go worse.
City takes control of flawed 911 system overhaul – NY Daily News.
Juan Gonzalez, who has been all over Bloomberg for years, writes:
“City Hall aides repeatedly bungled supervision of a massive upgrade of the 911 system, even as the project fell years behind schedule and its costs ballooned by as much as $1 billion, an audit has found.
“When Mayor Bloomberg launched the 911 project in 2004, he promised a seamless system that would replace antiquated police, fire and EMS call-t6akng and dispatch functions with 21st century technology. It had a price tag of $1.3 billion and was supposed to be done in three years.
“City Hall now concedes the cost has zoomed to at least $2 billion, and Controller John Liu [says] that the price tag is closer to $2.3 billion.”
Soon this will add up to REAL money.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planned repairs to the 911 emergency call system are $1 billion over budget – NY Daily News.