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Dcoument Storage Controversy Heats Up

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says the Poloncarz Administration admitted documents containing sensitive data of residents were unsecured. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says a county employee was deceived.

Mychajliw says a final report his office released Tuesday says the county's been aware of this since 2007. "The administration admitted there was a serious problem with the storage of sensitive documents. We've brought it to the attention of the public, and they've fixed it," says Mychajliw. "The adminstration's exact words: 'totes placed unsecuredly, wasn't proper, documents left at curb, not properly secured.'"

Poloncarz claims how Mychajliw got access to it is inaccurate. He says his administration proved through videotape and affidavit Mychajliw's office did not find the documents in an unsecured area, but instead deceived a county employee. "She said she needed access to the totes to remove confidential comptroller documents mistakenly put in those totes," explains Poloncarz. "The employee went through a secure area with her. She did not go to the comptroller totes but to the social services totes. Then she had the employee help her take the tote upstairs." That disappoints Poloncarz. "I had to restore the credibility of the comptroller's office after the red/green budget crisis and Mr. Mychajliw and his staff have just destroyed it."

Mychajliw says it's up to County Executive Mark Poloncarz to come up with new policies, and more importantly, enforce them. "Anyone can put in policies and procedures but it's not worth the paper it's written on if you don't make sure your employees follow them," notes Mychajliw.


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People : Mark PoloncarzStefan Mychajliw