NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards was expected in court Monday to begin his trial. However, the case was adjourned until May 5th. He faces charges of corruption, from stealing to defrauding the government.
If his actions leading up to this trial are any indication, we don’t know what Richards will say or do in front of our cameras this time. Richards, who’s facing dozens of charges for fraud, grand larceny and official misconduct, has had unusual reactions to news cameras in the past.
In the past, he almost seemed playful, smiling and running close to our photographer at one time. On another occasion, he hung out in the background when we spoke to Councilman Rob Clark about the charges. The following evening he appeared to record our interview with Clark.
In a meeting that was on camera, Richards and Clark discussed his alleged misuse of power.
Clark said, “You have a track record of being of being very vindictive.”
“Really? Especially against guys like you?” Richards said, “You want me out of office? You better pull out a gun and put it through my head because I’m not moving.”
Clark said, “Who makes a comment like that?”
Richards said, “A guy who’s innocent.”
Richards faced 28 charges originally, now he reportedly faces 23 charges. One of the counts dropped includes the alleged theft of a shotgun from the town’s police department.