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NYC’s scandal-plagued tech czar resigns in wake of network crash

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 Mayor de Blasio’s tech czar resigned Friday following a damning Post report that he allowed the city’s official wireless network to crash in April despite federal warnings about a looming, Y2K-like software bug  “It’s been an honor to serve as DoITT’s Commissioner and Chief Information Officer and lead an incredible team tasked with delivering services critical to the core functioning of New York City government,” said outgoing Commissioner Samir Saini in a letter see also NYC wireless network down due to Y2K-like software bug City Hall’ s tech czar ignored a federal warning about  He is returning to the private sector after a decade working for the government He joined the de Blasio administration in January 2018, after leaving a similar job in Atlanta  Saini said in the two-paragraph note to Deputy Mayors Dean Fuleihan and Laura Anglin that he enhanced “services to over 100 City agencies ” But he failed to mention the network collapse that prevented transit officials from remotely operating the Big Apple’s 12,000-plus traffic lights as well as many traffic cameras and NYPD license plate readers  “Sometimes there’s going to be mistake,” de Blasio said in the days after the crash  The mayor later changed his position, calling the embarrassing gaffe unacceptable The network was down for a week  The Department of Homeland Security warned in 2018 that GPS-enabled devices could be hit by a time counter “rollover event ”  A statement from a mayoral spokeswoman also ignored the major screw-up

 “Under Samir’s leadership, DoITT has grown considerably In his year and a half of service, Samir established five new agency divisions, launched key web applications, expanded cell service to underserved communities across New York City and more,” de Blasio spokeswoman Laura Feyer said Friday  Eusebio “Seb” Formoso, chief information officer for the Department of Finance, will lead the tech agency until the mayor finds a new commissioner  City Council member Robert Holden (D-Queens), who is the new chair of the technology committee, said good riddance to Saini More On: de blasio administration De Blasio taps former FEMA official as new emergency chief Former city employee pleads guilty to child porn charge NYC initiative registers more than 18,000 high school students to vote De Blasio pushes ferry purchases through despite comptroller objections  “There were problems with his leadership possibly and I’m looking forward to working with the next person who takes over,” Holden said  Holden also said he believed the city’s problem-plagued internal wireless network — which The Post has reported morphed into a nearly $900 million money pit — played a key role in Saini’s resignation  The mayor declined to say whether he pushed Saini to step down at an unrelated City Hall press conference  “The bottom line here is he made a decision to resign,” de Blasio said  “There are definitely issues that we have to address going forward and we’ll have a lot more to say about it,” he said  De Blasio said a review of the New York City Wireless Network, also known as NYCWIN, would be completed next week after previously promising it would be done at the end of April  Northrop Grumman has run NYCWIN since 2009, but the city is now looking to replace it with Verizon or another vendor at lower cost

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