Union Leader Resigns Amid Embezzlement Allegations

March 10, 2011 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM EDT

By John Borsa

March 10, 2011 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The president of the union that represents teacher aides and assistants in the Buffalo City School District has resigned.

Ellis Woods stepped down as head of Buffalo Educational Support Team on March 3, according to a letter sent to union members this week.

New union president Jo Ann Sweat told members that an investigation is underway after money went missing during Woods' tenure as president.

"I am doing everything I possibly can to ensure integrity and openness in the union's use of your hard-earned dues," Sweat stated in the letter dated March 8.

Union sources told Eyewitness News that $43,000 of union money is missing. The discovery was made in mid-February, said the sources who do not want to be named because they are not authorized to discuss the matter.

Sweat has asked New York State United Teachers, the Albany-based statewide union, to audit the local union's books to find out exactly how much money is unaccounted for.