by Ellie Corcoran
[Buffalo NY Mayor] Byron Brown is about to give [Developer] Mark Crocce about $5,000,000 for restoring the Statler Hotel. This is ILLEGAL. Evidently, Byron Brown (as well as most of our other elected officials) has not read the NY Constitution. If he goes through w/ this, he should be prosecuted for breaking the law.
Article VII, Section 8 of the New York State Constitution states, with reference to
Gift or loan of state credit or money prohibited: exceptions for enumerated purposes:
“The money of the state shall not be given or loaned to or in aid of any private corporation or association, or private undertaking; nor shall the credit of the state be given or loaned to or in aid of any individual, or public or private corporation or association, or private undertaking, but the foregoing provisions shall not apply to any fund or property now held or which may hereafter be held by the state for educational, mental health or mental retardation purposes.”