FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2013

Says "Politics Dirty Enough Without Cash From Those Who Poisoned Our Air" Buffalo, NY - Kevin Gaughan, the endorsed Democratic and Working Families candidate for Erie County Comptroller, is asking his Republican opponent, Stefan Mychajliw, to return a $2,000 campaign contribution from the owner of Tonawanda Coke Corporation. Gaughan will make his request at a news conference today, Tuesday, September 17th, at the Kaufman Avenue playground (off River Road) in the Town of Tonawanda, at 2:00 pm. He will be joined by Tonawanda residents. "We all know that dirty money courses through the veins of politics," Gaughan asserted, "but taking cash from a company found guilty of knowingly poisoning our air shocks the senses." This past March, as a result of a lengthy citizen-driven effort to gain justice, a federal court found Tonawanda Coke guilty of fourteen criminal counts of polluting the air and ground at its Tonawanda plant. Among the findings of the court was a verdict that the company knowingly spewed into the air coke oven gas containing benzene. This month, Mychajliw reported to the state elections board his acceptance of $2,000 from James Crane, owner and chief executive officer of Tonawanda Coke. "As a journalist, Stefan Mychajliw and his media colleagues rightfully condemned Tonawanda Coke," Gaughan concluded. "But as a public official charged with protecting the public trust, Stefan shows that he values his political health more than the public's health."

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