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$6M bathroom spurs NYC pol to push projects reform bills

A Staten Island pol says the town has such a suspect historical past of unnecessarily flushing away cash on capital tasks — together with a projected $6 million bathroom facility slated for a park in his district — that he’s pushing new laws requiring companies to be extra clear about how they’re spending taxpayer dough.

Council Minority Chief Joseph Borelli mentioned he might be introducing a invoice at Thursday’s assembly that will require the town to publish giant indicators at building websites of its capital enchancment tasks.

The indicators can be up to date at the least month-to-month and establish the precise challenge beneath building, anticipated prices, the town company dealing with oversight and different data to assist the general public monitor doable price overruns and delays.

“Folks have to be extra outraged by how a lot issues price,” Borelli mentioned. “The [city’s] capital procurement course of is essentially flawed. Regardless of lip service from earlier administrations, nothing vital has been achieved to assist the method.”

Borelli mentioned he’s been shocked previously by how a lot some tasks wind up costing, together with a rest room facility he satisfied former Mayor Invoice de Blasio in 2017 to greenlight building on at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park in Nice Kills.

The bathroom in question was constructed at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, above.
The toilet in query was constructed at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, above.
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It was initially slated to price a whopping $6 million, however might now wind up costing taxpayers much more — as much as $10 million, in keeping with the Parks Department’s website. The consolation station has been designed, however its building timeline has been pushed again at the least a yr due to the pandemic with a builder but to be chosen.

Within the meantime, the favored park continues to haven’t any restrooms — forcing some to resort to excessive measures.

“Folks go house or discover a tree,” quipped Borelli. “Both we pay the vig to Park Division for capital prices, or individuals are caught pissing behind a tree in perpetuity.”

Borelli additionally plans to introduce one other invoice on Thursday in a bid to create a brand new 15-person activity drive whose mission can be to reform the town’s capital building system.

The duty drive would come with seven council members, 5 mayoral appointees and the commissioners of the Buildings Division, Parks Division and Division of Housing Preservation and Improvement.

Borelli pictured with de Blasio in 2018.
Borelli pictured with de Blasio in 2018.
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The Parks Division has a protracted historical past of coming beneath fireplace from critics for overspending on loos, together with $2 million spent to construct a 400-square-foot restroom at Gravesend Park on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn that opened in 2017.

A Parks Division spokeswoman mentioned the company “look[s] ahead to reviewing” the laws as soon as it’s launched.

The suspect spending extends far outdoors metropolis parks.

Final week, some council members had been floored at a price range listening to after studying the FDNY is looking for to construct new kitchens at a few of its firehouses — at a value of $1.2 million apiece.

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