There is a scene in Godfather where Michael Corleone heads out to Las Vegas to buy out Moe Green. Michael explains that the casino loses money, and perhaps the Corleone family can do better.
“You think I’m skimming off the top??!!” Exclaims Green ( who later landed a recurring role on”The Facts of Life” as Jo Polniaczek’s father ).
To which Michael simply answers without skipping a beat, “You’re unlucky.”
There are a lot of accusations flying back and forth at the DRPA, so rather than accuse anyone of malfeasance, perhaps we can just chalk up some of the decisions that were made to simple misjudgments. It is however, a bit disingenuous for the folks in charge to accuse people like the Treasurer and the Auditor General of the state of Pennsylvania of somehow being in the wrong here. Yes, they are now loudly demanding reforms. But for years, their representatives claim they have quietly advocated for those same reforms only to be ignored. Well, I guess you can’t blame them for finding their voice now when everyone is taking a closer look.
Here is Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner’s letter to DRPA Chairman John Estey.
In the original June 30 story, we reported that the DRPA lacks a sound ethics policy. In 2003 a 19-page policy was drafted, but never implemented. A source tells NJN News that it was not adopted because the board wanted to exempt themselves. At which time, those who wanted it said in essence ‘if you are going to exempt the board, there really is no point.’ the policy was shelved. Here is a copy of that policy from 2003.
One could fairly argue that if this had been adopted, there might have been fewer questions about conflicts.
Glad to be back from my unfortunately timed vacation.