Lengthy after the COVID risk has receded, New York taxpayers are nonetheless burning $200,000 a month to take care of the Excelsior App — the Cuomo-era state vaccine passport that no person makes use of and by no means wanted.
The Instances Union reported this week that the price of the seldom-used vax app has skyrocketed to $64 million from its preliminary $2.5 million debut in 2021.
At greatest, it was a manner for inoculated New Yorkers to entry eating places and dwell occasions.
However carrying round your vaccination card labored no less than as properly — and the app didn’t even register your photographs from a drug retailer or different “third celebration,” solely from city- or state-run websites.
Why maintain pouring money down the drain?
The Hochul administration insists the app can be developed for functions past exhibiting vaccinations nobody has to take.
Plus, we are able to’t assist noticing that (moreover IBM) Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte Consulting rating the most important bucks from New York for the Excelsior App, collectively accumulating $28 million up to now.
By probability, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte additionally bought paid to assist out with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State speeches, with Boston netting $838,000 this 12 months and Deloitte $1 million in 2022.
Then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly employed each BCG and Deloitte in 2019 to offer strategic recommendation to his finances division at a value to taxpayers of round $30 million a 12 months every.
And Staff Hochul rolled over these contracts quickly after taking on.
All of it reeks of corrupt waste.
The gov can begin to clear the air by zapping the vax app.