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Five Long Island companies charged in NYC corruption case

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Five Long Island construction and engineering companies were indicted on corruption charges in separate schemes in New York City involving bribery, business fraud and political campaign contributions to officials in city agencies, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Wednesday.

The firms are: CIMA Associates LLC of Lindenhurst; D&B Engineers and Architects PC of Woodbury; Haider Engineering PC of Farmingdale; JCMS Associates LLC of Massapequa; and MCC General Office Services LLC of Amityville.

They were among nine companies and 13 individuals charged in a series of indictments in State Supreme Court with corrupting the government, bribery and bribe receiving, among other charges, authorities said.

The charges resulted from a lengthy investigation into schemes involving bribery, minority business program fraud, and illegal campaign contributions by construction management companies and high-level executive officers in the industry.

The district attorney’s office partnered with agencies including the Port Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and state and federal inspectors general, officials said.

“From 2007 to 2016, a handful of industry players transformed our city’s water infrastructure procurement process into their own personal swamp,” Vance said in a statement. “For construction management companies, public works are highly prized jobs, and any competitive edge in the bidding process could mean the difference in the award of a contract worth millions.”

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