Zulqarnain Abdu Shahid.
The old adage, “fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice, shame on me!” should be applied to the current situation facing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Corrections Commissioner Dora Schriro as they await the final decision of an employee’s misconduct hearing.
Former New York City Department of Corrections Imam Zulqarnain Abdu Shahid wants his $50, 000 a year job back. Shahid who began working for the City in 2007 was arrested in 2010 for attempting to smuggle dangerous contraband into the Manhattan House of Detention or the Tombs as it is commonly known. During a routine security check of the Chaplain’s duffel bag officers found several box cutter type razor blades. Items which, if they had fallen into the hands of the convicts, could have proven deadly.
The grand jury failed to indict Imam Shahid and the criminal charges were dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. No legitimate explanation was ever given why. The City proceeded against the employee and moved to have his employment terminated. In an administrative hearing in March of this year, Shahid asked for his job back.