A city inspector has been charged with lying about checking on a construction crane that collapsed 11 days later, killing seven people in a dense Manhattan neighborhood.
Edward Marquette, 46, was arraigned and released without bail Thursday on charges of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior at the Department of Buildings,” buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said at a news conference. “I do not and will not tolerate any misconduct in my department.”
The mayor points out that the entrenched city officials in his jurisdiction are too tough to root out; instead, he’s going to look to impose his will on inspectors and building contractors in places like West Virginia because they don’t have sympathetic ears in the New York media.