Ethics commission may investigate Panepinto

Posted at 7:57 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 09:23:08-04

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics is meeting Tuesday morning to consider launching an official investigation into multiple allegations made against NYS Senator Marc Panepinto's office.

Last week Panepinto announced that he wouldn't be running for re-election citing personal and professional reasons. 

According to a report in the New York Post Panepinto and his former chief of staff, Daniel Corum, had a romantic relationship with the same staffer.

"There's a personnel issue which is confidential which I can't discuss," said Panepinto. "There's presently no investigation."

Before Panepinto's announcement he fired Corum. 

"My chief of staff right now is Chris Savage," said Panepinto. "We made a change. Danny Corum left as my chief of staff and I promotes Chris Savage."

The report in the New York Post also claims Buffalo school district officials are using social media to determine if underage drinking went on at Panepinto's home. 

According to the Post Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said his office will take action when credible facts are revealed. 

Panepinto said the commission has to send a 15 day notice letter if they plan on investigating his office. He said he hasn't received one yet.