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This Week in the Voice: CityTime Costs and Costs and Costs


This week in the Voice, Graham Rayman details the disaster that is CityTime, a project of the Bloomberg administration meant to automate the city’s payroll system. Last month, one CityTime consultant, Spherion, was indicted for defrauding the city of $80 million. Over the last 12 years, CityTime has cost $760 million, and yet it still operates “in only about a third of all city agencies.”

Tom Robbins, meanwhile, looks at the beginnings of the Andrew Cuomo administration, especially his promise to create “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Robbins contrasts Cuomo’s claims with the plight of a small business owner. When asked what the new governor could do to help, the business owner shot back, “I’d like the same deal Goldman Sachs got.”

Food man Robert Sietsema examines the business of a tapas bar, checking out small plates and many drinks at Caliu, a new spot on Hudson Street in the West Village.

How’s the new collaborative album between Mavis Staples and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy? “It’s my life–it’s just phenomenal,” she tells Amy Linden. Elsewhere, Shilpa Ray’s music is “like a dog biting an electric fence.”

Karina Longworth watches Repo Chick, which uses “grungy edge-of-L.A. milieu as ground zero for apocalyptic panic,” for the film section, while the New York Jewish Film Festival tackles some of the culture’s most enduring issues.

Michael Musto has blind items for days, beginning with a “rock-star survivor…in a relationship with that weird lady mainly because she helps hook him up with younger women.” Your guess is as good as ours!

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2011

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