Crane Inspector Sentenced for Bribery

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    New York City's former chief crane inspector James Delayo admitted to accepting bribes.

    New York City's former chief crane inspector has received two to six years in prison for taking more than $10,000 in payoffs to fake inspection and licensing exam results.

    James Delayo apologized at his sentencing in a Manhattan court Wednesday. He commended other inspectors for their work and said they didn't "deserve the bad publicity I brought them.''

    Delayo had pleaded guilty to receiving bribes earlier this year.

    He admitted taking bribes from 2000 to 2008 to file paperwork indicating a Long Island crane company had passed inspections that hadn't occurred.

    The charges against Delayo -- filed in 2008 -- stemmed from a crackdown on corruption in the construction industry that began after two deadly crane collapses that killed nine people.