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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n33 (08/15/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Defending Frank Sedita Costs Taxpayers $290,000... and Counting

According to a tally provided by the Erie County Department of Law, via a Freedom of Information Law request, Erie County has paid outside counsel $289,505.49 to defend District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III against the lawsuit filed against him by Mark Sacha, a former prosecutor in the DA’s office.

Welcome to the Brown Machine

Last week, our cover story profiled a lawsuit filed by a seasonal worker in Buffalo’s Streets Division, William George, who alleges he was passed over for promotion to a permanent position because he refused to register as a Democrat and did not contribute to Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign committee.

Small Talk

Dollar for dollar: Sergio Rodriguez, the Republican candidate for mayor, is finally being shown some love by the GOP political machine—at least the machine that operates in the city. The City of Buffalo Republican Committee donated $1,520 to his campaign last month, and the North District Republican Committee kicked in a few bucks, too. The Erie County Republican Committee continues to give him the cold shoulder.

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