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Out of control

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Manhattan provides many lessons for us all, but the ethics of the city's building inspectors leave something to be desired. Mayor Giuliani has accepted that the buildings department has been mired in corruption for three decades, and has set up a task force to clean it up. Likely recommendations include tougher rules governing staff who move between building control and working for private contractors, and possible extension of the responsibilities of the fire department. According to the New York Times , no fewer than 100 of the city's 200 inspectors have been charged with a variety of crimes over the past 10 years.

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