New York City was ranked as one of the most corrupt cities in the world as mob bosses pulling the strings in nearly every government institution.
The mob has little to no power these days, however New York City still suffers from rampant corruption.
And New Yorkers are stunned after details emerge following this massive bust.
The recent New York City housing authority bust has made international headlines for all the wrong reasons
Most New Yorkers will tell you most public entities and services in the Big Apple are bloated and corrupt.
However, the recent bust at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has uncovered corruption that has left many New Yorkers in awe.
Last Tuesday, federal agents arrested 70 individuals across six states on federal bribery charges, which according to Department of Justice officials, is the largest bribery bust to date.
To make matters worse for the NYCHA, shocking allegations have emerged, alleging gross misconduct within the ranks of the NYCHA.
Per Fox News, “Of the 70 suspects, some have been in trouble before for misbehavior, including a man who made headlines in 2022 after appearing on a work Zoom call naked with a woman in his bed and an official who falsified her boyfriend’s time sheets.”
The report adds, “Another was declared a homegrown hero who rose to a management job after growing up in public housing himself.”
New York City Housing Authority Spokeswoman Barbara Brancaccio spoke out on the matter, saying, “Most importantly, NYCHA is working tirelessly to root out bad actors and create a culture of compliance, service, professionalism and respect, and we will not allow this unacceptable behavior to deter us from our mission or discourage or demoralize our extraordinary workforce.”
She added, “Inappropriate activity, absconding from work, and time abuse are not tolerated at NYCHA and will be met with suitable consequences.”
More specifically, Alex Tolozano, a Bronx-based administrative housing superintendent, was allegedly seen in a Zoom call with a nude woman in his bed as his fellow coworkers looked on.
NYCHA officials reacted to this specific incident, claiming “During the meeting participants observed Alex Tolozano’s phone camera was on the screen for at least two minutes revealing that he was potentially engaged in inappropriate activity with another individual.”
Tolozano has since been fired, and at the time of his firing, he was earning a substantial $129,000 a year.
The Department of Justice’s recent bust most likely only scratches the surface of the corruption present in New York City
Although the DOJ’s recent sting operation represents one of the largest of its kind in American history, it most likely only scratches the surface when it comes to corruption in New York City.
However, many New Yorkers hope that this sting operation will help to strike fear in the hearts of public officials in New York City, who are often paid large salaries for even the most menial of jobs.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.