Erie County officials seek to crack down on corruption with online complaint form

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County government officials say they want to crack down on corruption in western New York, and have announced a new way they hope to do so.

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty, Jr. has announced the Public Integrity Complaint Form — an online way for residents to submit complaints about government use of money or other improprieties.

Flaherty says any false statements will be prosecuted as a misdemeanor and that users must include their name and address.

“I am asking people to sign their name because I want this taken seriously,” says Acting DA Flaherty. “I am looking for facts. This is not a vehicle to settle personal grudges.”

Flaherty says his goal is to “help make government more transparent.”

“Most public employees are hardworking public servants committed to the best interest of our community,” says Flaherty. “Unfortunately, there are some exceptions. “The public is our eyes and ears, and we need its help tracking down misconduct in all levels of government.”

The form can be found on Flaherty’s website here. 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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