NCCC president's emails under scrutiny as board hires outside lawyers

7 Eyewitness News investigation to air March 1
Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 23:21:22-05

The Niagara County Community College board of trustees Tuesday night voted to hire outside legal counsel as emails sent by President James P. Klyczek have come under scrutiny.

The emails -- sent by Klyczek five years ago -- are the subject of a 7 Eyewitness News investigation into business dealings at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Before that investigation even hits the air, the board is taking action on the emails, multiple sources confirmed. 

That included a special meeting Tuesday night held at the administration building in Sanborn, where trustees voted unanimously to hire the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm to advise it on procurement practices at the culinary institute, Board President Vincent R. Ginestre said. 

Ginestre said he is unsure how much the outside legal help would cost taxpayers, but the board will hold another special meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the administration building. The meeting is open to the public. 

Klyczek declined to comment Tuesday night. 

"Taxpayer Players," the 7 Eyewitness News investigation that prompted the board action, will air at 11 p.m. on March 1.