Prequalified vendor appeal denied.
Company appealed its removal from HPD's list of prequalified vendors. HPD disqualified the company because it had hired a consultant who was a former project manager of John Galt Corporation, which was under criminal investigation for its role in the well publicized Deutsche Bank fire.
ALJ John Spooner found HPD's decision had a rational basis and affirmed the removal from the prequalified list. The vendor admitted that at the time it hired the consultant, it was aware that he had worked for Galt at the Deutsche Bank building and that there were media reports that Galt was under criminal investigation for the circumstances surrounding the fire.
Gramercy Group, Inc. v. Dep't of Housing Preservation & Development (in PDF), OATH Index No. 637/09, mem. dec. (Nov. 12, 2008).