More turmoil among Town of Niagara leadership

NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Town of Niagara is in more turmoil after the deputy supervisor stepped down Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy supervisor Danny Sklarski was left in charge after Steven Richards stepped down as supervisor as part of a plea deal involving 23 counts of corruption, including fraud, grand larceny and official misconduct.

Richards pleaded guilty to just official misconduct, admitting he used town resources for personal gain in 2010. As part of the plea deal, he also agreed to leave office and repay the Town of Niagara more than $1,000 in restitution.

His resignation left Sklarski in charge, but in a surprise move, the deputy supervisor stepped down Wednesday afternoon, saying he wanted the town board to pick a person to be in charge.

The board voted to make the town clerk, Sylvia Virtuoso, the interim deputy town supervisor, after she volunteered, which in effect puts her in charge of the day-to-day operations of the town. She will also remain in her role as town clerk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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