From the Saturday, 1 November 2003 Buffalo News:
Whistle-blowers allege violations of residency law
By BRIAN MEYER
News Staff Reporter
The push to shrink Buffalo's payroll is prompting whistle-blowers to lodge allegations that dozens of employees are violating a residency law by sneaking to suburban homes each night.
"They're squealing on each other," said Louis R. Giardina, the city's director of employee relations. "There are anonymous letters floating all over the place.
"Some of (the offenders) are politically connected people, if you know what I mean," said one employee who submitted her residency certification form this week. But city officials insist they're eager to pursue charges against violators in cases where there's enough evidence. Giardina said he wouldn't be surprised if a "few" report technicians live in the suburbs.
Officials said there is one pending case in which a formal challenge has been filed against an employee. The city is alleging that William Grillo, a principal planner, does not live in the city. Grillo declined to comment Friday. A formal hearing is expected to be scheduled soon.