Updated: 10/29/2013 5:51 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 5:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
The New York State Attorney General is responding to questions about his office's investigation into how millions of dollars in Monroe County contracts were awarded. This was I-Team 10's first opportunity to question the attorney general since the arrest earlier this month of a business executive with connections to local development corporations or LDC's.
Eric Schneiderman was in town to talk about funding for a housing program, but I-Team 10 wanted him to shed some light on this highly secretive investigation that has been going on for more than a year. He was guarded with his answers and would not discuss specifics.
It was two weeks ago that Dan Lynch appeared in court and pled not guilty to charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. The state has been investigating Lynch and others regarding the county's use of two LDC's to contract for public safety systems and for upgraded information technology. LDC's are private, not-for-profit corporations created by governments to finance public projects.
Lynch had close ties to two companies that worked with those LDC's. An audit by the New York State Comptroller found irregularities in the contracts and questioned whether millions of taxpayer dollars were squandered. Schneiderman did say that after the audits, they found evidence that prompted them to get involved.
Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General, said, “The purpose of it was to save the taxpayers money and to more efficiently look into potential abuses of public funds. We have been working together on this and will continue to do so. But I really can't comment further on the ongoing investigation."
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks stated after the arrest of Lynch, that her office was cooperating with the New York State Attorney General's Office. Previously, she called the probe politically motivated. Asked to respond to that, Schneiderman simply said he disagreed.
Schneiderman would not talk in any specifics about the investigation. However, I-Team 10 confirmed that several other people potentially connected to these contracts have hired lawyers and several additional indictments are expected within the coming weeks.