There are 2 developments on the investigation into allegations involving the Fire Department and its leadership.
First, the New York State Comptroller's Office has announced that they will assist District Attorney Holley Carnright's office. Apparently, the Comptroller will conduct a full and complete audit and review of the entire department. Their assistance brought about the charges in the Police Department matter. Hopefully, their involvement will lead to closure either with the filing of charges or an acquittal of those involved.
Second, we now know more information about the nature of the allegations against former Chief Rea.
It seems the Daily Freeman made a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for records involving the investigation. The Freeman now reports, "In refusing to release Rea’s records, City Clerk Carly Williams said requested paperwork regarding the time Rea spent teaching at a firefighters’ training facility in Montour Falls was part of the investigation."
This means that part of the allegations against Mr. Rea involve whether Mr. Rea actually taught the course or may have been somewhere else instead. This is similar to the allegations and charges still pending against retired Police Officer Vandermark.
I urge all readers to continue to keep in mind that only allegations currently exist against members of the Fire Department. There are no charges formally filed, and all of the people that are the subject of these allegations are innocent until proven guilty.