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N.Y. CITY SCHOOL BUS PACTS TIED TO MOB

The city has consistently awarded, without competitive bidding, the most expensive school bus contracts in the nation to companies linked to organized-crime figures, the New York Times reported today.

Contractors and law enforcement officials told the Times that unions influenced by suspected organized-crime figures control the costs and hiring practices of many of the bus companies the city employs.

One company that transported disabled children in Brooklyn was run by a man who has admitted to being a Mafia hit man, the Times said.

During the 1989-90 school year, the city spent an average of $1,701 each to bus 137,000 pupils.

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