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Niagara DA opens investigation into robocalls on Aronow hiring

At the request of Randy R. Bradt, the Niagara County Legislature's Republican leader, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Wednesday her office will look into the robocalls that criticized Republican legislators, including chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh, for allegedly protecting sexual harassers.

Bradt's letter said such anonymous calls may violate state and federal laws.

"We're going to open a special investigation file and do some research on that," said Wojtaszek, a Democrat.

In response to the attacks, Wydysh revealed that she has been sexually assaulted or harassed four times.

The calls urged support of a Democratic resolution that would bar the county from hiring sex offenders or anyone who settled a sexual harassment suit with public funds.

The measure, which Wydysh sent to committee Tuesday, was inspired by the hiring of Glenn S. Aronow, a former State Senate staffer, by the county Employment and Training Department. In 2012, the state paid $90,000 to his accuser in a sexual harassment case.

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