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Investigators looking at Prattsville's use of storm aid

Aug 25, 2017 11:00 am
Brendan J. Lyons is reporting in the Times Union state and federal law enforcement are looking at the town of Prattsville's use of more than $5 million in government aid awarded to the community following tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and 2012. Investigators last week served subpoenas on the town, the town's bookkeeper and the deputy supervisor, seeking various documents, including records related to the post-storm aid that came from a state-run program, the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan. Investigators also seized private computers and other records from the town's supervisor, Kory O'Hara, including from his auto service station on Main Street. The investigation involves several agencies, including the FBI and the state comptroller's office, according to Lyons. Thomas A. Capezza, a former assistant U.S. attorney and former general counsel for the State Police, has been retained to represent the town, its bookkeeper and deputy supervisor. O'Hara has hired William J. Dreyer, an Albany criminal defense attorney. In 2013, accusations surfaced that town officials had misused government aid and refused to release spending records. Much of the decision-making was handled by a 12-member planning committee that included the O'Hara, and deputy supervisor, Bonita Chase. Read the full story in the Times Union.