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Dems: audit conflict of interest

Rochester, NY -- Taxpayers are paying for an internal investigation into the LDC investigation, and county Democrats question whether taxpayers are getting the full story. They say the results, released Wednesday, were turned over to the county executive, whose husband is one of those indicted.

Democrats point to Wednesdays press conference, where attorney Dennis Vacco, who conducted the probe, stood next to County Executive Maggie Brooks and absolved her of any wrong doing. Democrats say it has the appearance he is acting as her personal attorney. Because Brooks signed the legislation authorizing the LDCs and her husband is involved, Democrats say she has a clear conflict of interest.

"We've asked numerous questions about Mr. Vacco's work, how much the county has paid, who he has attorney/client privilege with and the scope of his duties...for an investigation to be truly independent it should be done by the county legislature," said County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews.

Democrats say the information should be turned over to the county legislature for review and for further investigation if needed. We have contacted the Brooks administration for a response but have not yet received one.

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