"Mike: Pinch-hit for 'Mob'" New York Post 4/6/7
MIKE: PINCH-HIT FOR 'MOB'
By DAVID SEIFMAN
April 6, 2007 -- An allegedly mobbed-up contractor linked to indicted former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik probably shouldn't be working on the new Yankee Stadium project, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.
"Obviously, I would prefer if they only dealt with reputable firms that didn't have criminal problems," Bloomberg said.
While the Yankees are paying $800,000 for the $1.2 billion stadium, it's going up on city parkland, and the city and state governments are building some of the ball yard's infrastructure.
"Whether we have any say or not, I don't know," the mayor said, "but clearly this is not a firm that the city would contract with."
The company, Interstate Industrial, of Clifton, N.J., was hired by the project's general contractor, Turner Construction, to carry out excavation and foundation work.
Turner, in a statement, cited its "positive experiences" with Interstate and the firm's "good performance on large public- and private-sector work in the tristate area."