CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

File this one under totally unsurprising:

A Department of Motor Vehicles office in Manhattan was “mired in corrupt practices,” with clerks accepting cash and other perks to fix tickets and refer clients to attorneys, state investigators revealed Friday.

Investigators from state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott’s office found “systemic wrongdoing” at the DMV’s Manhattan North Traffic Violations Bureau, including “woefully deficient oversight” by supervisors and lax attention to the rules.

One clerk – Sam Alexis – earned up to $600 extra a week by taking cash payments to dismiss tickets against drivers, the probers found. Clerks also received cash, free meals and other gifts from defense attorneys in exchange for steering ticketed drivers their way.