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DA finds no criminal wrongdoing at Water Authority

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Erie County Water Authority after careful scrutiny of criticisms laid out by a state oversight agency earlier this month.

The state's Authorities Budget Office lambasted the authority for numerous transparency and governance failures, but DA John Flynn said his office found no evidence of criminal intent behind any of the issues laid out in the report. Many of the actions criticized in the report were "ill-advised," but "not an attempt to cover up any criminal activity."

The Authorities Budget Office also informed the DA's Office that it found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, despite censuring the authority for lax operational oversight, governance violations by commissioners, and repeated violations of the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings law, which can carry civil penalties.

Law violations by Water Authority may not amount to crimes


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