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Demanding Answers: Legislators Will Announce Plans to Seek Resignations, Criminal Probe of Niagara Falls Water Board at Noon

Author: Christian Peck/Thursday, August 03, 2017/Categories: General, Legislature

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LOCKPORT—Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, will be joined by several county lawmakers at a noon press conference announcing the Legislature’s plan to formally demand the resignations of the entire Niagara Falls Water Board and the agency’s top management following Saturday’s wastewater release debacle.


They also will detail a series of resolutions set for likely passage next week seeking criminal probes of the Water Board by the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has stated in press accounts that the release violated water quality rules.  It has since garnered global media attention—potentially undermining a county tourism industry that, according to figures released two years ago by the county’s tourism promotion agency, generated $827 million in annual revenues.


“The actions of the Water Board go beyond the ‘PR black eye’ described in a Buffalo News article, and have become a full-blown crisis,” Bradt said. “For the good of our region, the Water Board’s leadership must accept responsibility for their failure here.”


WHO:  Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, Legislator Rebecca Wydysh, R-Lewiston, Legislator Will Collins, R-Lockport, Legislator David Godfrey, R-Wilson.


WHAT:  Discussing plans to formally seek the resignation of the Niagara Falls Water Board and a criminal investigation into the July 29 wastewater release at the base of the American Falls.


WHEN:  Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, noon.                                    


WHERE:  Niagara County Courthouse, 175 Hawley Street, Lockport.


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