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How Petty Can New York City Government Get?

Posted by Mark Smith on May 13, 1999 at 20:51:34:

From the New York Law Journal, Friday, May 14th:

The 14 City lawyers responsible for enforcing the City's Housing Code are chafing under a new agency-wide policy at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development concerning the use of office telephones for personal long-distance calls. Under the new policy, the lawyers are no longer allowed to make personal calls on their work phones and reimburse the city for the cost. According to Abbott Gorin, an attorney in the unit and an official of the 800-member Civil Service Bar Association, the attorneys' ability to perform their work has been hindered by the new policy, which requires the attorneys to seek permission to make long-distance calls from their supervisors, who then must go to the individual attorney's telephone and punch in an access code. Carol Abrams, an HPD spokesperson, said not every HPD supervisor has implemented the new policy in the manner described by Mr. Gorin.

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