The New York State Inspector General’s Office investigates improper activity occurring at state agencies. Recently the Inspector General looked into how former Erie County Legislator and former New York Power Authority Board member Elise Cusack obtained a part time job in 2010 paying $77,500. The Inspector General pointed out the ethical issues involved with serving on the Power Authority Board and seeking a paid position at the same time.

The more interesting questions are:

– How did this part time position paying $77,500 get created?

– Was the position advertised to the public?

– Were any other individuals besides Cusack interviewed?

– Who made the decision to hire Cusack?

– What exactly did Cusack do in her job, which she resigned from in 2011?

Cusack’s part time $77,500 job is not the only outrageous part time job in existence. Ronald Brown a close friend of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (no relation), made $74,792 in a part time position at the Buffalo Sewer Authority in 2012. You can look this up for yourself at http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/public-authorities/.

Ronald Brown also serves as a Commissioner on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Board of Directors, an appointment made by Mayor Brown. It would be interesting to know the answers to the same questions raised above as to how Ronald Brown landed such a high paying part time job, which he continues to serve in today.