BUFFALO – Chautauqua County’s representative in Washington is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo for withholding federal money designated for a section of the New York State Thruway that runs through the Seneca Nation.
On Tuesday Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning, NY 23) appeared before the U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo to voice his concern for the safety of the traveling public along the 3-mile stretch of Interstate 90 which runs through Seneca Territory. The roadway has been in need of repair for several years, but has not received any attention due to an ongoing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation involving gaming revenue sharing.
According to Reed’s office, local motorists have reached out in recent weeks expressing their concern with the road conditions. In his remarks, Reed said the federal funds have been delivered to repair the road and its time for the state to fix it.
Reed said he wants the Justice Department to not only investigate the Governor and his office for the misuse of federal funds and the abuse of his power, but to also look into any and all other federal crimes, related or unrelated, uncovered in this investigation.
Reed was joined by Chautauqua County executive George Borrello, who said the dangerous conditions are a threat to the safety and property to all who use it — including thousand of Chautauqua County residents.