Mayor Brown calls hiring of consultant accused of defrauding the U.S. “embarrassing”


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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In a story you saw First on 4 — News 4 is now hearing from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on how his administration hired a local consultant who is under federal indictment for charges such as money laundering and wire fraud.

Mayor Brown, in his own words, says the revelation is “embarrassing.”

The mayor answered all our questions Wednesday, saying this contract was not approved by him personally and he’s already signaling that the city will enact reforms following this situation.

“These contracts don’t come to me, this was handled in the Department of Public Works, the Department of Public Works set up a selection committee, which reviewed the companies that responded to an RFP and would’ve liked to have known this,” Mayor Brown said.