By Michael D’Onofrio
A New Jersey contractor schemed to sidestep minority-owned business requirements tied to $2.2 million worth of city contracts by using phony companies linked to his family members, according to authorities.
Peter Pirozzi agreed to forfeit more than $145,000 in city payments and was barred from city contracts for three years for violating the city’s anti-discrimination rules and misrepresenting its use of minority- and women-owned business subcontracting participation, according to a joint investigation by City Controller Rebecca Ryhnhart and City Inspector General Amy Kurland.
The two businesses connected to the family — Material Source Point and Rodriguez Contractor Supply, both based in New Jersey — also were barred from city contracts for three years.
The victims of Pirozzi’s scheme were …