Lack of oversight allowed LinkNYC to fall $70M behind

City officials failed to keep a close eye on the LinkNYC program, allowing its operator to fall $70 million behind on payments and miss deadlines to expand into underserved neighborhoods, a new audit from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found.

The report offers a detailed look at the shortcomings of a central tech initiative from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The project is designed to replace thousands of pay phones with kiosks that provide free public Wi-Fi and emergency calling, funded through video screens used for advertising and public announcements.

“New York City’s underserved neighborhoods need broadband connection, but the LinkNYC program has not succeeded largely because the city

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