FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2013

GAUGHAN ASSAILS MYCHAJLIW FOR ACCEPTING CAMPAIGN CASH FROM TONAWANDA COKE OWNER
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." www.kevingaughan.com www.facebook.com/peopleforgaughan

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