Lorigo Wants Social Services Commissioner to Resign
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The majority leader of the Erie County Legislature is calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign after another child died, this time allegedly at the hands of his mother.
Joseph Lorigo says based on reports Child Protective Services, the department which she oversees, was investigating the case involving Jacob Noe, the 8-year-old North Buffalo boy whose mother is charged with his death. "This is the fourth time in a number of years where a child has been killed at the hands of a caregiver, and CPS has done nothing," says Lorigo. "You remember when the administration just shuffled the deck and added three high level managers. My colleagues and I in the minority last year tried to add caseworkers, but that was rejected."
“I know I join the entire Buffalo community when I say I am devastated by the recent reports of young lives lost. These tragic deaths are all the more difficult to process when we learn that their deaths were at the hands of parents or caregivers who should be protecting these youths. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of these cases, the children had files with Erie County’s Child Protective Services and the department failed these children. Because of the serious issues surrounding CPS, and the continued lack of improvement and changes, I am calling for the resignation of Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer. We have to acknowledge that Ms. Dankert-Maurer has failed in her role, and her continuation as commissioner is unacceptable. The issues within the Department of Social Services are substantial and I strongly believe changes must begin at the top,” says Lorigo.
Lorigo sent a letter to County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office, calling for the resignation and take the necessary steps to locate a qualified candidate who is fully capable of leading the department.