NYC blizzard: Feds open criminal probe into alleged city worker conspiracy during storm response
Federal prosecutors opened a criminal probe into allegations sanitation workers conspired to paralyze the city in last week’s blizzard, sources said.
The investigation by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s public integrity unit was prompted by the claim by City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) that guilt-racked workers told him a slowdown was ordered as vengeance for budget cuts and demotions.
If true, the feds could examine whether wire or mail fraud statutes were violated by workers pocketing overtime pay during an illegal job action, sources said.
The city Department of Investigation is also probing the allegations, and the Brooklyn and Queens district attorneys are reviewing the claims.
Joseph Mannion, head of the sanitation supervisors union, said he welcomed the city and federal probes as chances to clear his members’ names.
“We have nothing to hide. We absolutely did nothing wrong, and I look forward to it,” he said.