SANBORN, N.Y. - A vote by the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees about whether to place college President James Klycek on administrative leave failed Thursday night.
The board recently hired a law firm to investigate allegations of potential bid rigging after federal investigators issued subpoenas on the financing and construction contracts which Klycek negotiated.
Among those that got the work, LP Ciminelli, the same firm whose former top executives are under indictment on bid-rigging charges connected to Buffalo Billion projects, including Kevin Schuler, who was a member of the NCCC Board of Trustees when the Culinary Institute was being built.
The board also voted to select law firm Hancock Estabrook, LLP to coordinate the college's response to the federal subpoena and conduct an internal investigation.
Barbara Pierce, a public relations representative for the Board of Trustees, released the following statement on behalf of board chairman Vincent Ginestre:
"Tonight, the Board of Trustees of Niagara County Community College, based on currently available factual information, voted to maintain NCCC President James Klyczek in his post as president during its investigation into allegations related to the process of awarding contracts for the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
The decision leaves the administration in place, maintaining consistency at the college and helping ensure students receive the same strong education they have come to expect from NCCC.
Members of the Board of Trustees are approaching all decisions with careful thought and deliberation. The vote was not unanimous. However, the required six votes to place Klyczek on paid administrative leave were not achieved for a motion to carry.
In addition, tonight the board voted to select the law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, to coordinate the college’s response to the federal subpoena and continue its internal investigation.
NCCC’s Board of Trustees will work closely with Hancock Estabrook to execute its investigation thoroughly and quickly to determine other matters of fact. Ultimately it is the board’s goal to confirm what happened, how it happened and address all findings quickly and decisively."