Cicero resident files complaint alleging malfeasance by top town officials

— An attorney has filed a complaint with several state agencies against current and former leaders in the town of Cicero.

Robert D. George, of Brewerton, lodged a similar complaint with the Cicero Town Board last month, alleging that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with town engineer Doug Wickman constituted a conflict of interest. The 87-page complaint he filed May 16 with the New York State Comptroller’s offices in Syracuse and Albany and the state Attorney General’s office in Syracuse, as well as the town board and ethics board, takes that allegation a step further.

“I believe a ‘culture of corruption’ and conspiracy of corruption has existed within the town of Cicero government, in conjunction with the Cicero Republican Committee, for the past several years, where all instrumentalities of government authority have been controlled for years by the same people,” George wrote.

In the complaint, George names Zambrano, as well as former Supervisor Jim Corl, Jr.; his father Jim Corl, Sr., the chairman of the Cicero Republican Committee; Vice Chairman Mark Mangicaro; former chairman and current chair of the Cicero Planning Board, Robert Smith; former New York State Assemblyman Michael Bragman; and C&S Engineers, the firm for which Wickman works and which has a contract to provide engineering services to the town. He also notes that Town Comptroller Shirlie Stuart is responsible for much of the town’s accounting, though he said he isn’t sure if she is part of the conspiracy. He specifically alleges misconduct in affairs with employees, affairs with property developers, the use of executive session by the town board under Corl, Jr., the lack of an independent auditing agency, the shared services agreement with the town of Salina for assessment services and more.

According to the complaint, George believes the problem begins with Bragman, now a property developer with several properties in the town of Cicero. George alleges that Bragman uses his political connections, including those with the Cicero Republican Committee, to his financial benefit.

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