Our own Susie Madrak joined Dylan Ratigan to discuss the response to the Boxing Day Blizzard which she wrote about here -- Take A Good Look At Post-Blizzard New York City. This Is What Our 'New Austerity' Will Look Like.
And of course Republicans are using the complaints about worker slow downs during the blizzard to attack public sector unions, gladly aided and abetted by their allies in the media. More on that at her blog here.
So let me get this straight. We see no criminal charges against the banking masterminds who crashed the economy, or the mortgage company crooks who are still stealing people’s houses with impunity, but this is at the top of the priority list?
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that disgruntled sanitation workers sabotaged the cleanup after the blizzard last week that left some neighborhoods snowbound for days, people who have been briefed on the inquiry said Tuesday.
The investigation is focusing on whether there was a work slowdown and, if so, whether it was an effort to pad overtime. If the actions took place, two of those people said, they could constitute wire fraud or wire fraud conspiracy, both federal crimes. Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.
The inquiry, which began last week, is being conducted by the Public Integrity Section in the office of United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, which will work with the city’s Department of Investigation, one of the people said. The city investigators also began looking into possible efforts to sabotage the cleanup last week.
“We’re taking a look at this,” one of the people said, adding that the inquiry was in its earliest stages. It was reported Monday night by WCBS-TV News.
Go read the rest for more. And as she also noted, they won't go after the banksters on Wall Street, but they're more than happy to go after those public pensions as well.