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Mayor calls for audit of Council's "discretionary" funds

Buffalo Common Council chambers
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley
Buffalo Common Council chambers

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is calling on the City Comptroller's office to conduct an audit of the Common Council's "discretionary" fund expenditures in light of the indictment of former Ellicott District Council member Brian Davis.

The funds are spent at the discretion of the Common Council and administered by the City Clerk.

The Mayor said his administration does not oversee or administer these expenditures and believes it's appropriate for the comptroller to conduct a conduct a "thorough review". In a written statement, Brown noted that he hopes this is an isolated incident.

"My administration does not oversee or administer these expenditures and therefore I believe it's appropriate for the Office of Comptroller to conduct a thorough review". Although I certainly hope that this is an isolated incident, I believe that greater accountability and tighter controls are needed", said Mayor Brown.

But Brown has not publicly commented on the Davis indictment. WBFO News requested an interview Tuesday night, but it was declined. And Wednesday morning, the Mayor was a no-show at a news conference he was scheduled to attend at the Buffalo Convention Center.