Rahm Finds More Money!
Always for something he wants - never for something that is required by law:
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday put a price tag of $160 million on a long awaited overhaul of city streetlights, more than double what a similarly sized program in New York City is expected to cost.
The mayor also said the four-year switch to 270,000 energy efficient LED lights will be managed by city’s transportation department, not the privatized infrastructure trust he once touted as central to innovative public works plans.
A city transportation spokesman said the higher costs were due to a more complicated and sophisticated lighting program for Chicago than New York. Chicago’s program, he said, provides for replacing both light fixtures as well as some poles and wires.
At this rate, it'd be cheaper to actually hire the New York guys, import all of their personnel and equipment, do the job, and ship all their equipment and personnel back to New York.
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