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Niagara Legislature won’t form investigative office

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, announced this week that the majority Republicans are dropping the idea of creating a county Office of Public Integrity, headed by a director with investigative powers.

Bradt said after attending an ethics workshop at the State Association of Counties meeting last week, he concluded the office wasn’t needed. “The procedures we have in place are quite adequate,” he said.

Democratic legislators had scorned the proposed office as a scheme to create more patronage jobs, saying there are numerous law enforcement agencies to which public corruption can be reported.