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Mass Turnpike CIO ousted

Mass Turnpike Authority CIO William Catania and five other executives received pink slips Thursday, a gift from newly appointed Turnpike Chairman John Cogliano.

Massachusetts Turnpike Authority CIO William Catania was among six executives to receive pink slips Thursday from new Turnpike Chairman John Cogliano, according to an Associated Press report.

Turnpike officials did not say why the six were let go, but the departures were not unexpected. The Turnpike Authority, critized in recent years for alleged mismanagement of the $14.6 billion Big Dig highway project, came under fire this summer after 12 tons of falling ceiling panels killed a motorist in a Boston tunnel. The collapse forced the closing of the turnpike's busiest tunnel, and led to a series of inspections that exposed shoddy workmanship and poor oversight.

Former chairman Matthew Amorello, faced with enormous public outrage, resigned in July.

Other managers fired this week were CFO Domenic Tringale, manager of facilities operations Robert Marino, Turnpike spokesman Thomas Farmer, director of personnel James Esposito and director of human resources Norman Chalupka.

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