Mayor Brown: Little to Say on Wednesday's City Hall Raid

"I have no information about the reason for the search warrant."

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November 07, 2019 - 6:33 pm

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Mayor Byron Brown had little information on the surprising FBI raid on Buffalo city hall this week as he spoke with WIVB on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, investigators from several agencies conducted court authorized activity in and around the Office of Strategic Planning.

"I have no information about the reason for the search warrant," said Brown to WIVB. "What we do know is that search warrants were executed for an office of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, that BURA staff was present and they fully cooperated with the taking of information."

When asked if he was concerned that federal officials may know more about what's going on in the office than they mayor, he said it's an obvious concern.

"Of course, anyone would be concerned, but again, I have no details whatsoever from any agency on this investigation."

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed in relation to the search. Because no charges have been filed, we are not expecting further public comment from the FBI.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency plans and finances neighborhood development projects. Specifically, it uses federal tax dollars issued in the form of grants for housing projects in the city, according to Buffalo Common Councilman Richard Fontana.

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