The worst city government.So far, the contest for the Worst City Government remains a close race between New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. and Washington. Here are three reports from the front:
New York City has a law requiring landlords to install window guards in apartments that house children, and 15 inspectors in the health department's Window Guard Unit ostensibly os·ten·si·ble
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity. enforce it. An audit in July found that these inspectors routinely falsify falsify,
v to forge; to give a false appearance to anything, as to falsify a record. their time sheets. in one week they reported working 142 hours when, in fact, they worked 99 hours-and that was when the auditors were accompanying them on their rounds.
In February the U.S. attorney indicted INDICTED, practice. When a man is accused by a bill of indictment preferred by a grand jury, he is said to be indicted. eight employees of the Queens Department of Motor Vehicles In the United States of America, Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV) is a commonly used name of the government agency of a U.S. state which administers the registration of automobiles (e.g., by issuing license plates), and/or the licensing of drivers (e.g. in a bribery scheme. Undercover cops paid as much as $1,600 for a driver's license; drugs were an acceptable form of payment. The truly painful part is that the bribers were able to cut to the front of the lines. . . .
Mayor Marion Barry claims the District of Columbia's program to combat infant mortality (hardware) infant mortality - It is common lore among hackers (and in the electronics industry at large) that the chances of sudden hardware failure drop off exponentially with a machine's time since first use (that is, until the relatively distant time at which enough mechanical is "the most comprehensive on planet earth." In fact, the District's infant mortality rate infant mortality rate
The ratio of the number of deaths in the first year of life to the number of live births occurring in the same population during the same period of time. is the wont of all major cities in the country. Here's what happens when a pregnant woman on Medicaid calls the District's Medicaid Information Service to find an ob/gyn in the city's largely black Southeast who accepts Medicaid payments: Of the four numbers listed in District files, two are wrong, one is disconnected, and one reaches a doctor who won't take Medicaid. A month after being informed of the problem, Medicaid Information continues to pass out wrong numbers. . . . -Katherine Boo
"Washington, D.C. spends $5,800 a year per student on public education, nearly 50 percent above the national rate. It pays its teachers at the second highest level in the nation, close to a $35,000 a year average. Yet its dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human rate (48 percent) is the worst in the nation and its SAT scores are third from the bottom.
"Washington's streets are among the worst-maintained in the nation. Yet Washington spends 43 percent more than all cities spend on road and street maintenance, and double or triple what is being spent in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, or Boston. The city govemment employs 633 city workers for every 10,000 people. The national average for big cities is 224. Even if you accept that D.C. is more like a city-state than a city alone, its payroll level is 43 percent above the average for all state and local governments combined . . . .
-Warren Brookes in The Washington Times
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