Rubbing The Mob Out Of Road Repair
September 27th, 2005

In a follow-up editorial to itsexpose of “mobbed-up firms that somehow keep getting millions of dollars worth of state Department of Transportation contracts despite clear and present records of public mischief and misbehavior,” the Daily News says there is a ready solution. Its name is Vendex. “Vendex means Vendor Information Exchange, a comprehensive computer database of relevant information about contractors who seek public moneys. It’s a system that would enable our contract-letting agencies to sniff around into the histories of bidders – who they are, where they’ve been, what they’ve done, what they’ve been fined for failing to do – with a simple click or two of a button. Those with unsavory histories could be automatically disqualified from doing business with the state…The city has a local Vendex system up and running, and by all accounts it’s working most efficiently. It’s up to state Controller Alan Hevesi’s office to start pushing hard for Vendex at the Albany level.”

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