Niagara Gazette


January 23, 2014

Lewiston officials decline release of details in officers' conduct case.


Niagara Gazette — Auditors noted that the town failed to fully implement security features that would have tightened controls over the fuel supply and did not “consistently enforce existing controls.” Auditors argued that the “deficient controls” resulted in “questionable fuel use that may not have been for town purposes,” identifying roughly 180 questionable fueling transactions.

It’s widely believed the equipment was installed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations following the release of the audit. However, FBI spokeswoman, Maureen Dempsey, said the bureau is unable to comment on the matter.

Newly elected Town Supervisor Dennis Brochey, who took office Jan. 1 after serving 18 months on the Lewiston Village Board, said last week that he has not been filled in on the details of the investigation, which took place on former Supervisor Steve Reiter’s watch.

Brochey said he has no knowledge of the investigation aside from the materials previously printed in the Gazette and is unaware of cameras being installed in the Town of Lewiston.

“I have no idea who was involved or what the accusations were,” Brochey said. “When I was on the village board, there were rumors going around about cameras being put up, but that’s all I know. Some thought they were talking about Border Patrol, down by Lewiston Landing. I don’t know anything about it, though.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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