Attorney general candidate slams LDC case
Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 09:56 AM EDT
Rochester, N.Y. - As the case involving an alleged bid-rigging scandal in Monroe County moves forward, the Republican candidate for New York Attorney General is criticizing how the current administration has handled the case.
On Thursday, a state Supreme Court judge indicated that a new grand jury would be convened in the case against Robert Wiesner. His attorney had argued that he was denied the opportunity to testify before a grand jury last year.
Wiesner, husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, is one of four original defendants accused of an elaborate scheme to access millions of taxpayer dollars through Monroe County local development corporation (LDC) contracts.
All four defendants were paraded in front of news cameras in November 2013 following a news release from the Attorney General's office containing information about a sealed indictment. The press secretary that sent that message was suspended for one month.
In an interview Thursday, John Cahill, the Republican candidate for attorney general, said Eric Schneiderman had disgraced his office in how he handled the entire case.
“You have to maintain the integrity of the process, the integrity of the professionalism of the office,” Cahill said. “Leaks to the press, the handling of the grand jury [has been] totally unacceptable.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Schneiderman said “We’re happy to compare Eric’s exceptional record rooting out public corruption any day of the week. While Eric has taken on more than 50 politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials who abused the public trust, Cahill worked as an unregistered oil and gas industry lobbyist.”