11 Con Ed supervisors were arrested yesterday for taking kickbacks from a contractor. In exchange for these bribes from an unnamed construction company, Federal prosecutors say, the supervisors approved invoices for work that was never performed or done without any reason except to enrich the conspirators, and sped up payment on other jobs. The Feds say the bribes amounted to $80,000 in cash and various gifts, including tickets to a Giants game (the giftee came to court in a Giants jacket).
The president of the construction company was arrested in September, and agreed to wear a wire to secretly collect evidence in meetings with the supervisors. One of the supervisors, the Times reported, greeted cops at his home with a loaded pistol; he later surrendered four handguns, a rifle and a shotgun to the authorities.
Last week Con Ed received approval for a 5.6 percent fee hike, which will become effective in April.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 15, 2009