The mess surrounding Niagara County Treasurer Dave Broderick appears to be on a fast track to nowhere. Two measures aimed at changing the way Broderick handles private estate work were forwarded to a County Legislature committee Tuesday with little discussion.
One of the measures, proposed by Dennis Virtuoso, called for the county to conduct an audit to determine what public resources have been used by Broderick for his private work. Virtuoso also wants the county to bill Broderick for the audit and then seek reimbursement for any public resources he has used for estate work for which he has earned private pay. There is no gray area here...this needs to pass.
I've always said I like Broderick. He seems like a pretty decent guy, and 30 years of public service is something he should be very proud of. But if one penny of my money was used to fund his handling of private estates, work that he has been compensated very handsomely for, I want it back.
Yes, Broderick, as treasurer, is permitted by state law to handle the estates of people who die without valid wills or where problems arise with executors. But that law doesn't say one thing those duties being conducted on the public's time or the public's dime. You want to administer estates, Dave? Do it after work. Reimburse us for the expenses we've incurred for previous expenses, then just stop doing it from 9-5.
This is not a small deal. This is a misuse of public funds. As far as I'm concerned, the best Broderick should hope for is only reimbursing the county for previous expenses, and he should do it quietly and glady. Raising a stink about this will only bring more attention to it - and I'm not quite sure that's the kind of attention Broderick wants.