Robert A. Cerasoli admits that he has a reputation for shaking things up in Massachusetts and makes no bones about keeping a close watch on the state and the state's authorities.

Cerasoli, the Massachusetts inspector general and a former state legislator, has been a vocal critic of the $7 billion court-ordered cleanup of Boston's harbor almost since it began in 1986. Over the past several months, Cerasoli has blasted the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the agency in charge of the cleanup, for its preference for negotiated financings, choice of financial adviser, and constant revisions to cost estimates.

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