Niagara USA Chamber issues 'clarification' to letter of oppositionby jmaloni
The Niagara USA Chamber issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"The Niagara USA Chamber stands behind its opinion that more information needs to be forthcoming about the county's allocation of resources to hire outside legal counsel to fight the CWM expansion and concern over the precedent this could set in using taxpayer dollars in the future against any legitimate business that is operating legally within Niagara County.
"That is the crux of our concerns, in addition to the lack of any transparent procurement process that has been followed. To date, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on this endeavor. Even though this is a professional service, good public practice dictates an open, transparent procurement process where the best talent is hired at the best price.
"With that, it has been brought to our attention that some of our statements may not be factually accurate, particularly that the county provides funding for RRG to hire this attorney. Instead, it appears the county hires the attorney directly, though as evidenced by recent press accounts, RRG is heavily engaged with this attorney
"The chamber did talk with county personnel regarding procurement in general, and this hiring in particular, and received some contradictory information. This again highlights the need for better transparency in this and future transactions."