Peter Downs and Bill Purdy (and to a lesser extent, Veronica O'Brien) came out swinging at Alvarez & Marsal in stories published in the Times, Daily News and Post, blaming the New York-based consulting firm for a colossal school-bus route reconfiguration snafu in New York City last week.
The St. Louis school board shelled out $5 million for a one-year contract with the firm in 2003 -- a lot of money, to be sure, but not as much as the $15.8 million the New York City Department of Education -- which answers to Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- agreed to last year.
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