Monday, February 22, 2016

Both Agency and New York City Out Of Control

by Gary Snyder

     Top officials at the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP) gave themselves hundreds of thousand dollars in “bonuses” at the same time they were failing to deliver on a $4.3 million contract to carry out one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature initiatives to bring community health care to city housing projects, a DNAinfo New York investigation has found. 

      The city’s Department of Health yanked its three-year contract last November after just one year — but that did not stop its executive director and his top aides from taking bonuses that virtually doubled their salaries. The long-time NMPP chief, raked in at least $71,300 in additional “bonus” pay. The NMPP’s chief financial officer jumped even more than the exec between December 2014 and last July — collecting at least $87,000. The nonprofit’s Human Resources administrator also took in at least $23,900 in “bonus” payments, and her niece, who served as exec' s secretary, received $20,000, the financial records show.

In all, the quartet divvied up roughly $200,000 between December 2014 and last July, according to the documents.

Records show that city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene funds earmarked for an “infant mortality reduction initiative” were used to pay bonuses to exec and his CFO.
The contracts with the city specifically state that the city has to be notified if a vendor is even considering paying a bonus and explain why. This was not done.

“On the Inside” initially reported on Drummonds and the NMPP in April 2014,revealing that Drummonds tried to cover up his hiring of career criminal Daniel Rodriguez — without conducting a background check — as a case manager. Rodriguez preyed upon the women he was hired to help, fathering a child with one and nearly costing another her children to foster care, as DNAinfo previously reported.
When the women came forward about Rodriguez, Drummonds told them to keep quiet and let Rodriguez go without alerting authorities. That decision helped Rodriguez move on to victimize other women here and in at least three other states — Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Rodriguez's present whereabouts are unknown.

DNAinfo New York disclosed last November that the city axed its $4.35 million contract with the NMPP, and that it was transferred to another nonprofit, the Fund for Public Health. (source)

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