DN Editorial: The museum of corruption

Posted: January 17, 2011

YESTERDAY, the same Tumi luggage that Carl Greene bought for 19 of his PHA managers was going for an opening bid of $605 on Ebay. You could buy it outright for $710.

PHA interim chief Michael Kelly did the right thing when he demanded PHA staffers who had received the swag from Greene to return the bags; so far, of the 15 still employed at PHA, all but two have opted to return them instead of reimbursing the agency. It's unclear whether Nordstrom's, where Greene bought them, will accept them in return.

Kelly should just put them on Ebay; marketed correctly, they could actually bring in more than their value.

But he should hold one back, because we have an idea for putting it to another, possibly tax deductible use. The duffel can be the first official exhibit of a new museum that the city sorely needs: the Museum of Corruption. Imagine the exhibits: A certain vacuum cleaner . . . the EZ-pass transponder that was used by the family of a DRPA board member . . . obviously, and unfortunately, the potential list of exhibits is endless. If such a museum ever gets built, it will have to be free, because after all, we've already paid. *

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