Niagara Falls, NY (March 23, 2016) – Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins responded tonight to the announcement of Niagara Falls Water Board audit findings re-leased today that identified an undisclosed surplus of $6.3 million.
“How do you NOT know that you have over $6 million dollars? This is simply gross in-competence,” said the freshman council member. “To think that our residents on 72nd Street went without water for two winters and were forced to pay exuberant amounts of money to repair their homes’ connections to the water main, when the money for infrastructure repairs could have been available, is simply beyond inexcusable. Our city’s casino dollars were used to repair 72nd Street. We had no help from the Water Board. I am calling for Executive Director Paul Drof and any other Niagara Falls Water Board members or employees who are responsible for managing the board’s finances to resign immediately. This negligent behavior has caused considerable stress and grief for residents of this city both on 72nd Street and elsewhere. Our infrastructure has crumbled while this board has sat on this money and not believed that basic services such as running water for residents were a priority.”
With regard to the related repair cost the city has incurred, Tompkins stated that he believes the city should demand full reimbursement from the Water Board.
Tompkins concluded, “It is time for Niagara Falls to return the Water Board to people who can efficiently and effectively manage it for the good of this city’s people.”