Mayor Eric Adams and city Comptroller Brad Lander have endorsed five recommendations to improve New York’s system for processing contracts and payments to human-services contractors, a sector that employs more than 500,000 people.
Although it’s wonderful to see a mayor working with a comptroller, the problem they’ve vowed to fix is more than 30 years old, and prior reform efforts have failed. But the comptroller doesn’t have to simply watch and hope that change will come. He has some powerful, if rarely used, tools to compel change.
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