May 7, 2009

Broderick Must Repay Funds

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.

4 comments:

Mr. Pink said...

When will some of these old-timers who are still in office realize that the days of doing things quietly behind closed doors are simply over. You just don't slip this business to that relative and that contract to a friend any more. It's wrong and it's no longer acceptable.

Be it Broderick, the Bridge Commission, three men in a room.....people want transparency. .

Pirate's Code said...

Transparency in politics and government?

You're funny, Pink.

Absolutely correct, but funny.

Niagara Prognosticator said...

Broderick's use of County office space, personnel and materials has been open and well known within County government, both the administrative and political arms, for many, many years. Patrick Brown even raised it as a campaign issue during the last campaign.

Suggesting that these legislators are just know finding this information out is plain incorrect.

Want to break another scandal that many in county government are acutely aware of? Look into the status of the County's computer system that has cost millions of dollars and still does not operate correctly.

Niagara Prognosticator said...

Larry,

Your last post seems to contradict your first post. I, for one, do not get my "rocks off" on the next scandal.

It's called sunlight. The one sure cure. The "next scandal" must be exposed otherwise the corruption and ineptitude will prevail, will continue to fester.

While your view seems cogent, you offer no light for the path, or at least your path of "removing structures" is not clearly articulated.

What structures need alteration or removal? More democracy? Less democracy? Another "blue ribbon" panel to develop a report that gets shelved?

Shine a light.