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A Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission employee from Hillsdale got caught bribing a senior official to help his career, state authorities charged.

Omid Bayati, 39, was working at the agency's offices in Newark when he split a $1,200 payment to the official between a check -- under an account with an unaffiliated organization – and cash, Attorney General Gurbir S.

Grewal said.

Bayati thought the payment would get him “help in procuring promotional opportunities within the PVSC and in politics broadly,” the attorney general said. “Specifically, he allegedly asked for special consideration and assistance from the PVSC senior official.”

The PVSC is a state agency responsible for managing and regulating the collection and disposal of wastewater generated in a four-county area along the Passaic Valley River Basin, encompassing parts of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson counties.

The sewerage commission referred the case to Grewal’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).

An investigation by the corruption bureaus of both the State Police and OPIA produced bribery related charges against Bayati, who’s being prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Samantha Keleher and Law Clerk Samantha Thoma, Grewal said.

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Former NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg named Deputy Secretary of Transportation

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg has been named Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration.

She will be incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's number two.

A few months ago, Trottenberg had been chosen for President-elect Joe Biden's transition team.

She is serving as part of the 18-person transportation team that is preparing Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their cabinet as they transition to the White House.
Trottenberg's team will review the NTSB, Amtrak and the Federal Maritime Commission.

The commissioner has led the nation's largest municipal transportation agency, with over 5,500 employees, since being appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. She stepped down in December from that post.
With more than 25 years of career public service, Commissioner Trottenberg most recently served as the U.S. DOT's Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, under the Obama Administration.

She also worked under U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Barbara Boxer.

In addition to naming the Deputy Secretary of Transportation, the president-elect named several other deputy cabinet secretaries on Monday, including the number two posts at the Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Education departments.

In addition to those names Biden also named Rohit Chopra, a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission and an ally to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as his pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Gary Gensler, a former Obama administration official and top staffer on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, is Biden's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Full list of positions unveiled include:
- Elizabeth Klein, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
- Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
- Andrea Palm, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary of Transportation

- Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of Education
- Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
- Gary Gensler, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

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