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No role for politics in corruption prosecutions, Poloncarz says

In the wake of federal charges against local developer LPCiminelli and others Thursday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said politics shouldn’t play a role in the fight against public corruption “no matter who it is.”

If bribes were given to favor LPCiminelli or others for state projects, they should be aggressively prosecuted, Poloncarz said.

“Bring them down,” he said. “That’s how it goes. We need clean government.”

He also said he was surprised three people with LPCiminelli were charged given the company’s previous statements that it was not the target of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation. The company has not had a history of contributing to Poloncarz, but Louis Ciminelli gave $1,000 to Poloncarz’s campaign in 2015.

LPCiminelli rarely bids on county work.


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