Crane inspector accused of taking bri...

Crane inspector accused of taking bribes from LI company

There are 2900 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 7, 2008, titled Crane inspector accused of taking bribes from LI company. In it, Newsday reports that:

A 26-year veteran crane inspector was charged with pocketing thousands of dollars in bribes from a Long Island -based company over the past eight years in exchange for fake reports, authorities said Friday.

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carolina

Edison, NJ

#21 Jun 8, 2008
Hmmmm wrote:
Joe said: "The union controls who gets the state licenses".
Sounds like another obvious conflict of interest to me.
Sounds like bada bing---to me !
Oakland

Franklin Lakes, NJ

#22 Jun 8, 2008
Lets destroy a few myths.
#1 Mike Sakaris sits on the NYC advisory board of Cranes and derricks.
So to say he is being picked on by city inspectors during the license exam is absurd.
#2 According to another report Mike is one of the Operators who failed the state crane license exam but was issued a state license anyway. Hows that for power.

To the young lady who's father is a Tower Crane operator for mikes company .To stand up for your father is very admirable.However he is no hero,far from it.I have worked on some of the job sites with NU way cranes.There operators earn double the Union rate.Why??? Because then the contractor can be non union with the rest of the work force and pay them about $80 to #150 a day cash off the books.With no working conditions federal or union to contend with.In other words they can work them as many hours as needed without paying overtime.There are also no retirement or medical benefits to pay the workers.Most are illegal Aliens who when they get hurt are dropped off in the city's emergency rooms who then are treated and cared for at tax payer expense.
They pay no income or social security taxes as they are off the books.When they get older or broken down due to injuries they are just cast aside like garbage.This is the reason you Father gets paid so well and works for Mike.Not for the principle just for the cash.Does that make him Evil?? In todays culture of greed no it does not.
But he is no hero either.

Taking on local 14 ??? Local 14 is open to any licensed Crane Operator who wishes to work Union.It's called having standards. Whats wrong with that?? It's a fine Union one of the few in the city where each of there members are licensed.Lets not forget there contributions at ground Zero.
The fact it was finished ahead of time and under budget was in no small part due to the efforts and skills.

Bribery why??? Competition. You see if you are a young skilled Crane Operator.You can chose to work Union and receive a larger share of work great retirement benefits and good pay and working conditions.Non Union you receive a higher pay rate but no retirement or medical and the honor of working with some of the worst contractors in the business.
So most chose union. Mike had to cheat in order to find a workforce who'd be loyal to him and replenish the ones who left.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#23 Jun 8, 2008
guild wrote:
I forgot to mention Mike Sakaris
Had no license to operate a crane when he tipped over his crane and crushed a womans legs in 1985 and made insurace rates for cranes increase so high it almost put us out of business... now bribery!
nice guy!!!!!!
No you're speaking up? Isn't it a little too late.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#24 Jun 8, 2008
NOW you're speaking up? Isn't it a little too late.
Oakland

Franklin Lakes, NJ

#25 Jun 8, 2008
Speaking up???In rearguards to my comments??
In case you have not noticed most new way job sites are being protested daily. Reports of Illegal immigrant labor are mad daily and indeed lawsuits are being launched about pay and working conditions on a monthly basis. The federal gov can't even secure our ports and boarders.What do you think there going to do over a hotel in the big Apple.The contractors know this.They form new companies for each job site when one gets nailed it folds and comes back under a new name.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#26 Jun 8, 2008
Yes, speaking up-THEN!!..my comments (which of course anyone can respond to..and did) were directed to 'guild'...
And since I'm not ever on job sites..No, I hadn't noticed-except when I read and hear that people are killed on site.
Illegals and working conditions protested?? What about inferior cranes and all the equipment that goes with it-I doubt anyone is 'speaking up' about that.
Happy Evans

AOL

#27 Jun 8, 2008
It's time to set up a desk and computer underneath any one of the city's cranes for Mike Bloomberger to sit and work . Lets see if he trust his own city inspectors well enough to spend eight hours underneath one.
guild

Lehighton, PA

#28 Jun 8, 2008
Hey Carolina a**hole it was in all the newspapers the day it happened what dump remark do you mean by speaking up now every person in the industry knew of his non licence there was no cover up.... I lost my job by speaking up . why dont you come here and say that to my face you pussy creap... Do me a favor when your IQ hits 28 sell cause it anit gettin any higher
Joe

New Milford, NJ

#29 Jun 8, 2008
Oakland does not know what the hell he is talking about! Ground Zero? The top Local 14 members were indited for being so greedy at ground zero. Every commpressor on that job needs to be covered at all times. One person would get paid for 3 shifts for doing next to nothing.NU-Way does not have illegal alliens workin for them.On most big sites here in NYC if any contractor is non-union they have to show records for paying prevailing wages, to keep the playing field fair. What I dont get is there is a man that is on the NYC advisory board who owns 2 crane companies here in the city. One has a union contract. His other does not. That is called a conflict of interest.NYC is one of the only states in America that controls the crane licensing. All others are issued by the goverment. Its called an NCCO. Maybe we should look into the NCCO here as well.
Flush the GOP

Huntsville, AL

#30 Jun 8, 2008
Does anyone else remember (back before Republicans were in charge) that there used to be some federal, state and local regulations and INSPECTIONS and ENFORCEMENT!

All of these things have become SLOPPY under Republican rule, and in some cases, regulatory oversight has disappeared completely.

Let's FLUSH THEM ALL in November.

---

Just a few years ago, a dozen eggs cost about 99 cents. Now, they’re about $2.69.

Just a few years ago, gasoline cost about $1.09/gallon. Now, it’s about $4.07/gallon.

Bush/McCain-style Republicans have spent about $500 BILLION in Iraq and Afghanistan, destroying the value of the dollar, and RAISING THE COST OF EVERYTHING.

They also prevented generic drugs from hitting the market and prevented Americans from getting less expensive prescription drugs from Canada.

Overall, the Republicans aren’t doing so well lately. What could be wrong? Maybe...

*$4.07+ for gasoline...
* Two botched wars...
* Giving our troops tanks without much armor...
* Providing substandard treatment in VA hospitals...
* Making the U.S. a country that’s known for TORTURING PEOPLE, then lying about it...
* Doing NEARLY NOTHING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION because they
want their rich fat-cat contributors to have plenty of cheap labor available.

Also, we can do without Bush/McCain-style fear-mongering that’s being pedaled as “experience” and failed war-mongering policies that have made Iran stronger.

Oh, and they’re the party that preaches to us about morals. Then they get caught, for example, having sex in airport bathrooms.

PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF DO-NOTHING REPUBLICANS!

Bush WAITED ABOUT FOUR DAYS TO REACT TO HURRICANE KATRINA.
On the day Katrina came ashore, where was Bush???
Bush was EATING CAKE with John McCain at a FUNDRAISING EVENT
( see the picture at http://www.newsweek.com/id/133551 )

** Bush and McCain Republicans have become a NAUSEATING, BAD JOKE,
** and campaigning with a Republican Endorsement is like having a DEAD FISH
** HANGING FROM YOUR NECK.

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Oakland

Franklin Lakes, NJ

#31 Jun 8, 2008
You don't know what your talking about Joe.
I never said NU way had illegals working for them.
What I did say is Nu way is working on job sites dominated by Illegals.Also enabling this to happen by working non union. Prevailing wages are for public works projects only. Even there most workers are underpaid outright or mis classified.
Example: A plumber is classified as laborer so he's paid a lower rate. If you don't believe me just go by a job NU way is on in the morning.
Tell me what you see Joe.I'll tell you what I have seen and worked around.Hundreds of Illegals.

Yes the Operating Engineers have light duty work.
It's Generally for older or hurt members.The pay is about a quarter of what you make Running cranes.It's just another reason why it's better to be Union.They don't kick you to the curb when your old or hurt.What does nu way do when your hurt or past your prime? Give you a watch???

You want the federal government to issue licenses.
They cant even protect our children from led paint in toys shipped from China.Or manage our boarders.Look at there track record on cranes.
NYC has the most large construction cranes per capita then anywhere else in the nation.Yet we have the among the fewest major accidents.
What we should be doing is raising the standard a NYC Crane operator needs to meet.Not Lowering it to the Federal standards.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#32 Jun 8, 2008
guild wrote:
Hey Carolina a**hole it was in all the newspapers the day it happened what dump remark do you mean by speaking up now every person in the industry knew of his non licence there was no cover up.... I lost my job by speaking up . why dont you come here and say that to my face you pussy creap... Do me a favor when your IQ hits 28 sell cause it anit gettin any higher
You're retired now? I think you should find another 'hobby'.
unbelievable

Boxborough, MA

#33 Jun 9, 2008
Does anyone know if the other "Sackaris" brother is involved? First name I believe is William or Billy. This guy is a real piece of work also...taking jobs from union folks, paying taxes and healthcare. I believe the company is Long Island based.
guild

Lehighton, PA

#34 Jun 9, 2008
To carolina my hobby is beating up stupid people... your next on the list... Your just an a**wipe
guild

Lehighton, PA

#35 Jun 9, 2008
unbelievable wrote:
Does anyone know if the other "Sackaris" brother is involved? First name I believe is William or Billy. This guy is a real piece of work also...taking jobs from union folks, paying taxes and healthcare. I believe the company is Long Island based.
They were org out of
Island park there were two brothers Jimmy and Nick Sakaris.. I think one of Jimmys kids was named william or billy.. I knew Nick better than Jimmy.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#36 Jun 9, 2008
guild wrote:
To carolina my hobby is beating up stupid people... your next on the list... Your just an a**wipe
You are not as anonymous as you think. Be careful about threats!!
You've retired!!!....Good to hear!! Don't need the terminally ignorant in the workforce. Another low class bug-venting! You need adult supervision on the internet.
Hot Dog Grill Operator

AOL

#37 Jun 9, 2008
Taking a stance wrote:
I am the daughter to one of the biggest tower crane opertaors that is part of the largest non-Union crane company in New York City. You obviously are aware that the man my father works for is the man you are trying to reem vengence for from many years ago. And I am begging you to stop.. my father is innocent; He is honest & never in a million years would cheat, steal, or lie. I hope you understand what you're actually doing, just to destroy a man's life that you dislike, you are going to destroy a bunch of innocent crane operators/ workers that have families to support. What about you? How did you receive the test, did anyone ever ponder that thought?! What about the drugs?! Yes, people talk & I hope you know that if your pathetic, jealous attempts to destroy Nu-Way Crane & harm every single one if the company's workers, a time for honoring yourself will soon come to an end Dan Mooney. Please think about what you are actually doing, because now families are being put at risk for your foolish, unneccesary acts. My father's a hard worker, worked all his life for the assets he obtains & by God, he does not deserve this at all. He does not deserve to have men come to the door with investigations. Yes, granted, everything is chaotic right now, but that does not give you the right to attack Mike & everyone of his workers in the way you are doing so. Think about what you're doing Dan, because as tears roll down my face in fright for my father & my family, you sit there selfishly boasting without a care in the world. Those are not the characteristics that define a person. I think you really need to reevaluate what you're doing. Leave them be, do what you do, worry about you & your own business.. not someone you used to share a common friendship and employment with.
Listen Miss Bornholdt if your fathers boss would have just left everyone alone and not try to put every liitle guy out of business including his own brother you wouldn't be be sitting there with the tears rolling down your face so if you have a problem with the situation at hand maybe you should be talking to the one who brought all this on himself and by the way this is only the beginning hope you have a reserve in tears you will need them . PS i will see you at the BIG BBQ at Mikes House i will be the one operating the Hot Dog Grill for you and your family to enjoy ... Bon Apetite... only problem i forsee is that you might have to run up to Danbury CT Federal State Prison for the new location for BBQ ... oh just another by the way Has daddy taken a good look at his PHONEY qualifications for his A license.The list is long for people looking to take down Nu Way and all he did was give them the opportunity. so GO BLAME THE A--HOLES that own NU-WAY Enjoy your tearful day Miss Bornholdt
unbelievable

Boxborough, MA

#38 Jun 9, 2008
Hot Dog Grill Operator wrote:
<quoted text>Listen Miss Bornholdt if your fathers boss would have just left everyone alone and not try to put every liitle guy out of business including his own brother you wouldn't be be sitting there with the tears rolling down your face so if you have a problem with the situation at hand maybe you should be talking to the one who brought all this on himself and by the way this is only the beginning hope you have a reserve in tears you will need them . PS i will see you at the BIG BBQ at Mikes House i will be the one operating the Hot Dog Grill for you and your family to enjoy ... Bon Apetite... only problem i forsee is that you might have to run up to Danbury CT Federal State Prison for the new location for BBQ ... oh just another by the way Has daddy taken a good look at his PHONEY qualifications for his A license.The list is long for people looking to take down Nu Way and all he did was give them the opportunity. so GO BLAME THE A--HOLES that own NU-WAY Enjoy your tearful day Miss Bornholdt
Did he try and take down his brother? I know they have been in communication for the past couple of years. Is it possible that Mike got him is city license as well? I know the brother is no sweet dream either.
Alan Q

New York, NY

#39 Jun 9, 2008
Live free or die wrote:
Oh come on you naive posters...NY is the land of milk and honey for the crooks...What? You're shocked?!...With all the school corruption on LI, the voters still voted 95% of the budgets in. You reap what you sow>
Before you accuse people and post what you just did, please read the previous postings.

No one expressed neither shock nor surprise nor anything save for anger.

We NYers are not shocked and no one said we were, especially the people in this forum. We are, however, very angry as we have the right to be.
John

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Jun 9, 2008
Oakland wrote:
Lets destroy a few myths.
#1 Mike Sakaris sits on the NYC advisory board of Cranes and derricks.
So to say he is being picked on by city inspectors during the license exam is absurd.
#2 According to another report Mike is one of the Operators who failed the state crane license exam but was issued a state license anyway. Hows that for power.
To the young lady who's father is a Tower Crane operator for mikes company .To stand up for your father is very admirable.However he is no hero,far from it.I have worked on some of the job sites with NU way cranes.There operators earn double the Union rate.Why??? Because then the contractor can be non union with the rest of the work force and pay them about $80 to #150 a day cash off the books.With no working conditions federal or union to contend with.In other words they can work them as many hours as needed without paying overtime.There are also no retirement or medical benefits to pay the workers.Most are illegal Aliens who when they get hurt are dropped off in the city's emergency rooms who then are treated and cared for at tax payer expense.
They pay no income or social security taxes as they are off the books.When they get older or broken down due to injuries they are just cast aside like garbage.This is the reason you Father gets paid so well and works for Mike.Not for the principle just for the cash.Does that make him Evil?? In todays culture of greed no it does not.
But he is no hero either.
Taking on local 14 ??? Local 14 is open to any licensed Crane Operator who wishes to work Union.It's called having standards. Whats wrong with that?? It's a fine Union one of the few in the city where each of there members are licensed.Lets not forget there contributions at ground Zero.
The fact it was finished ahead of time and under budget was in no small part due to the efforts and skills.
Bribery why??? Competition. You see if you are a young skilled Crane Operator.You can chose to work Union and receive a larger share of work great retirement benefits and good pay and working conditions.Non Union you receive a higher pay rate but no retirement or medical and the honor of working with some of the worst contractors in the business.
So most chose union. Mike had to cheat in order to find a workforce who'd be loyal to him and replenish the ones who left.
The unions are over paid unexperienced retarts, that rob this city everyday. 80% of construction accidents happen on union jobs, so that tells you alot about there experience.

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