Kearns and LoCurto Call for Investigations

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Saying city commissioner of community services Tanya Perrin-Johnson’s emails to staff—urging them to work voluntarily on Mayor Byron Brown’s re-election campaign—were “coercive in nature,” mayoral candidate Mickey Kearns is calling for an investigation by the State Civil Service Commission. He is also sending a letter to the chairman of the city’s ethics board, requesting they look into the matter.

“This is one of the most corrupt administrations that we’ve seen in a long time,” Kearns added, concluding, “It’s time to sweep the corruption out of city hall, and start with a new administration.”

Joining him on the steps of city hall was council member Michael LoCurto, who added that now is the time for other civil servants who may feel intimidated and fearful of losing their jobs to step forward. “This has been going on far too long. It needs to stop, and it needs to stop now,” he said.

According to a source in city hall, all the copies of today’s Buffalo News available in the lobby snack bar were sold out uncharacteristically early this morning. Apparently, James Heaney’s front-page story about the emails was a good way for the paper to boost sales—at least within the paranoid confines of city hall. It’s unclear how many customers accounted for the spike in sales. Could have been just one.

—buck quigley

tags: mickey kearns michael locurto city hall
credits: buck quigley
posted on 07/06/2009

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