State forbids organization from using community service workers - New York News

State forbids organization from using community service workers

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

The state has forbid Atlanta's Midtown Alliance organization from using court probation laborers. The sanction comes after FOX 5 uncovered that the organization assigned probationers to clear brush on a private property lot.

FOX 5's Morse Diggs showed a crew from that program spent three days clearing a private lot in Midtown Atlanta in work that authorized by Wayne Mock of Midtown Alliance.

The Department of Corrections, which oversees the program, terminated the Midtown Alliance's involvement.

Mock, the public safety chief for the Midtown Alliance, said he assigned the community service workers for public safety. He said that the trees had gotten too high at the lot, obstructing police to see around the corner.

"We felt this was a major public safety issue that we probably could save lives and property by going in and working," Mock said.

Kevin Green, the president of the Midtown Alliance, defended the decision.

"We didn't make a distinction between public and private property. We made a distinction in terms of is the work we are doing a service to the community -- and the answer to that last week was yes and the answer to that today is yes," Green said.

Mock said it was never specified that the community service laborers couldn't be used on private property.

"Well, I think we went to training, you know, six or seven years in a row and we used the program and never mentioned in that, we would never do it to gain anything from it. We did it for public safety," Mock said.

William Perry of the public policy watchdog group Common Cause Georgia, said that "even those groups that do good work need to follow the rules."

The Midtown Alliance expects to be reinstated into the program, pending a judge's decision. The group signed an agreement on Friday with the state that specifically said that they would not use community service workers on private land.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices