FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2007
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON RESIGNATION OF THOMAS MCCORMACK
"New York City is losing a genuine, honest, and hardworking crime fighter with the resignation of Thomas McCormack as Chairman of the Business Integrity Commission. For the last 10 years at BIC and its predecessor, the Trade Waste Commission, Tom has tirelessly worked to keep organized crime out of three historically mob-connected businesses: the private carting industry, the City's seven public wholesale markets, and the shipboard gaming industry.
"With an ever-watchful eye, Tom has played a critical role in the rehabilitation of these three industries over the past decade. In particular, I would like to commend Tom for initiating an investigation in 2003 that resulted in criminal charges against 13 people in Queens for operating a criminal enterprise to extort licensed private carters for 'property rights' to their commercial customers - a scheme reminiscent of the control that organized crime formerly had over the carting industry. And in 2006, under Tom's leadership, a BIC investigation led to the indictment of 11 people for operating an illegal gambling ring associated with the Genovese crime family in the Hunts Point produce and meat markets.
"Prior to joining the Trade Waste Commission, Tom served for 19 years at the Department of Investigation, where he was Inspector General for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Tom is a very talented and dedicated public servant and I wish him all the best in his retirement."
Stu Loeser/Matthew Kelly (212) 788-2958