Yonkers IG reviews city cell phone use

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Yonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr released his report today on cell phone usage by city employees.

Here’s a summary:
1. Yonkers spends about $255,000 a year on cell phones.
2. Schorr referred one worker for “improper” charges or downloads of music videos to the city’s personnel department for possible discipline.
3. Schorr’s recommendations include creating new random monitoring of employees’ cell phone use; creating a centralized administration of cell phones to better monitor costs; exploring consolidation of the 13 city’s cell phone bills; eliminating phones for minimal users.

Here’s the report

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  1. smartporpoise on

    We’re reading articles about cell phones and personal vehicles for ten years. When is one of these gavones going to stop talking and do something?

  2. $255,000 in cell phone bills is absurd!! Other then the Mayor, his Commissioner’s, Police & Fire Department higher ups and like 3 people (at most) in his office need cell phones, not his entire staff. It would probably be cheaper for the employee to have their own bill and get reimbursed from the city for their business-related calls. You said cars? How many are there? Over a 100? I cannot for the life of me see how 100 cars is justified especially with the fuel costs and insurance that goes along with that. Not only should the IG look into that but he should also look to see how many people have city credit cards and what their expenses are too. I bet the Mayor has one for every department. Yonkers Police start at $57K (while in the academy), Yonkers Fire starts at $69K and Yonkers Teachers around $57K and people wonder why the City never has money. I’m not saying that any of these essential services aren’t worthy of their salaries but that’s their starting pay. I am so sick of impending property tax hikes and service cuts. I would love to spend money that I don’t have too.

  3. Here’s my problem, I am in a bit of pickle, I have had my Apple iPhone 3G for the last couple of years and it’s been good. It’s my understanding that Apple has a new operating system coming out called OS 4 and it’s supposed to be adding some new bells & whistles to the iphone. The problem is that I bought Verizon’s new HTC Incredible the HTC Incredible and it is a great phone, far superior to the Apple iPhone 3Gs, BUT I’m hearing that Apple is supposed to be coming out with a brand new iphone altogether, and it’s supposed to be really nice but no one has any ideas as to when and Apple isn’t saying a thing. Should I keep my HTC Incredible, that I have 30 days to test and return if I don’t want to keep it, or should I return it, keep my current apple iphone and wait for the release of the new iPhone- tough to decide what to do.

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  5. I don’t want to keep it, or should I return it, keep my current apple iphone and wait for the release of the new iPhone- tough to decide what to do.