TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. (WKBW) Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards will be arraigned Friday afternoon on charges connected to a public corruption investigation conducted by the New York State Attorney General's Office with assistance from the FBI.
A State grand jury handed down the sealed indictment with details and charges to be made public during the arraignment in NY State Supreme Court in Lockport.
Richards told Eyewitness News that he could not comment on the indictment following advice from his attorney Rodney O. Personius from Buffalo.
But earlier in the investigation, Richards had told WKBW off-camera that his political opponents were resorting to character assassination to force him out of office.
Richards said he was being falsely accused of using town-owned materials at his family-owned auto repair business: a charge he strongly denied.
The five-time elected supervisor said if indicted, he would not resign - maintaining that he had done nothing wrong and that he was eager to prove his innocence during a trial.
During his 18-years as supervisor, the Town of Niagara saw much development including the creation of a new public park and a major expansion of the shopping areas around the Fashion Outlets mall.