Comptroller Liu wants HP to pay up or lose millions in NYC contracts
New York City Comptroller John Liu said the Comptroller’s office may reject future contracts with Hewlett-Packard (HP) if the company fails to reimburse taxpayers for the up to $163 million it owes the city for botching the upgrade of the 911 call center in Brooklyn.
In a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Liu says HP owes the city the money for blatant overbilling as a contractor on the project, known as the Emergency Communications Transformation Program (ECTP), which was completed last month — nearly eight years behind schedule and more than $1 billion over budget.
NYPD, FDNY and Emergency Medical Dispatch services are located at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. The ECTP was meant to get all three systems to operate using the same technology so emergency responses can be coordinated.
“Doing business with the City of New York is a privilege, not a lifetime guarantee,” Liu wrote. “Let’s be clear: HP is not the only vendor the City can use to purchase printers, laptops, and servers. It’s about time we teach companies that their attempts to cheat New York City taxpayers will have serious consequences.”