Widening effect of N.Y.C. scandal. City and county officials find themselves under greater scrutiny
Though other issues, both local and international, have bumped New York City's corruption scandal off page one of the city newspapers recently, its effect has been profound, both in how the public perceives government and how local government is being run. The wheels set in motion early this year, when evidence of scandal in the city's political and governmental circles surfaced, are moving steadily on. The charges have centered on bribery and fraud in the city's Parking Violations Bureau, but the repercussions have rippled farther than the PVB, affecting top city officials (a number of whom have resigned in the scandal's wake), the office of New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, and county political organizations.
Each of the key ``players'' in the continuing drama -- federal and local judicial investigators, the press, politicians, and a commission studying ways to deter corruption -- have been busy. Among the recent developments:
Jay L. Turoff, former head of the city's taxi and limousine department, was indicted yesterday on mail and tax fraud.
Federal prosecutors tentatively agreed to move the coming trial of Bronx Democratic leader Stanley M. Friedman out of state. Defense lawyers had argued that widespread news coverage in the New York City area of the corruption scandal could affect a fair trial. Mr. Friedman and five business associates face charges of bribery, forgery, and coercion.