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October 10, 2013

State office questions lack of reporting for Joe Davis Park entity that Lewiston official says soon will be dissolved

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Niagara Gazette — "The fact of the matter is, there's nothing to report because there's been no activity," Giardino said. 

Reached by telephone Thursday, Kidera said any public authority operating under his office's jurisdiction, including the Joe Davis LDC, is required to comply with applicable state reporting standards whether they have had financial activity or not. He indicated that the authorities budget office's online reporting system allows for any entity to file reports even when it has had no financial activity and zero assets. 

"He would have still been expected to comply," Kidera said, referring to Giardino. 

If the non-compliance persists, Kidera said his office would likely recommend to the appointing authority - in this case the Lewiston Town Board - that it replace the LDC's board of directors. He said his office has the power to subpoena all records and documents held by the LDC board as well. 

"Obviously, we prefer that they comply with the statute," Kidera said. 

Giardino said the LDC's board is in the process of creating a formal letter in response to the authorities budget office's concerns. As to the future of Joe Davis Park, Giardino said it will be up to members of the Lewiston town board to decide if any of the earlier improvement plans are ultimately pursued. 

"Just because there's no LDC doesn't mean that there won't be some improvements to the park if the town board if the town board wishes to continue down this path," he said.

MARCH 5 Date from which state office has been waiting for response from LDC Chariman and CEO Louis Giardino.

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