Town of Tonawanda Investigation
We, the undersigned, are aware that the Town of Tonawanda, NY, specifically the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, was investigated by the New York State Police in May 2012 in response to claims of improperly accounting of Town property. Although the Erie County District Attorney has refused to press charges, we understand that several wrong doings were discovered and charges were recommended by the New York State Police, as a result of the investigation. We also understand that in response to an official Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, the Town Attorney denied the FOIL request and subsequent appeal, choosing not to release the investigation reports; claiming protection of privacy for those involved in the investigation. Even the complainant was not allowed access to the outcome of the investigation. We believe that if those involved in the investigation are innocent, then privacy is not an issue. If those involved are guilty, then we also have the right to know what disciplinary action was taken as a result. Until we know the truth, all employees of the department are subject to suspicion from the actions of only a few, and only by making the report public, can the innocent be absolved of suspicion.
The undersigned believe that as taxpayers and residents, we deserve to know the truth and details regarding misappropriation of taxpayer funded equipment and that the Town should make full disclosure of the investigation reports to any concerned taxpayer and resident that wishes to view them.