Embattled Town of Niagara supervisor resigns

NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The embattled Town of Niagara supervisor submitted a letter of resignation to the town board on Friday.

Steven Richards, who has been indicted on 23-counts of corruption, including charges of fraud, grand larceny and official misconduct, sent a letter to officials on Friday announcing his resignation, which he framed as a retirement, effective immediately.

The move wasn’t especially surprising to board members, who say Richards cleaned out his office earlier this week.

However, in the past, Richards promised to fight tooth and nail to stay in office.

In a meeting last year, he said to the board, “You want me out of office? You better pull out a gun and put it through my head because I’m not moving.”

When one of the board members questioned Richards, saying, “Who makes a comment like that?” Richards responded, “A guy who’s innocent.”

News 4 learned earlier this week that there is a plea deal in the works for Richards where he would plead guilty to one charge in the 23-count indictment and step down as supervisor.

A board member News 4 spoke to Friday night said Richards will take that plea deal on Monday.

The deputy supervisor is expected to act as interim supervisor until the town attorney can figure out which step comes next, such as a special election.

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