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DEPT. HEAD FACES NEW ALLEGATIONS

More disciplinary charges will be added to the ones facing Recreation Department head Gloria Lariccia when she returns to a Civil Service hearing next month.

Town Attorney Robert O'Toole said new allegations of mishandling of public funds would be placed as the result of a recreation commission meeting Thursday during which the matter was discussed in executive session.

O'Toole, who noted Lariccia's attorneys requested the charges be made public, said the accusations stem from a $750 check the department received in August 2000 from the Buffalo Bisons following a department fund-raiser.

Nothing was done with the check until Jan. 23, when it was deposited payable to Laux Sporting Goods at the Summit Park Mall, where a store credit was issued, he said.

"She didn't tell the recreation commission or any other town official about the funds," O'Toole said. "She should have turned the money over to the town."

According to state municipal law, receipts are to be deposited within 10 days. O'Toole said Lariccia should have known about the procedure since it was noted in previous charges.

The new charges are the third such levy against Lariccia since last April, when the Town Board voted to bring her to a disciplinary hearing. The first charges involved allegations that Lariccia had the Fairmount Park pool dismantled and sold for scrap in late 1999 without permission. About $1,740 was never turned in until an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Department nearly a year later.

Other charges were added in December following an audit that found a number of discrepancies in the processing and recording of pavilion rental fees.

The board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the new charges at a special workshop session Monday.

O'Toole said Lariccia's next hearing is scheduled for March 19.

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