DA reviewing Urban League misdeeds

There were two noteworthy developments Thursday regarding findings by Investigative Post and the Erie County Comptroller about inappropriate actions taken by the Buffalo Urban League, including the submission of inflated bills and retaliation against whistleblowers.

A highly placed county source told Investigative Post that the staff of Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty  has been meeting with the comptroller’s office to review its audit findings. The source said no decision has been made as to whether to launch a criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, the Erie County Legislature held a public hearing on the comptroller’s audit. Democratic legislators, joined by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, made light of the audit findings. Urban League President President McDuffie, who paced the hearing room with supporters, was dismissive of the comptroller’s report. Republican lawmakers viewed things differently and the hearing took on the air of partisan bickering.