HAMBURG, N.Y. - According to a report in the Buffalo News, an aide to the governor asked for a delay to cleanup at the Erie County Fairgrounds Thursday until the governor could make it on site.
A spokesperson for Governor Andrew Cuomo vehemently denied the accusation.
Cleanup was underway Thursday not long after a tornado struck the fairgrounds. It was then announced that Governor Cuomo would come to survey the damage. Weather conditions delayed the governor's arrival by a few hours.
The Buffalo News reports the aide asked Fair CEO Dennis Lang that the cleanup be stopped until the governor arrived to look at the damage. Lang told the paper that he did not follow that request.
2 On Your Side was unable to speak with Lang about his accusation.
Abbey Fashouer, a spokesperson for the governor, said that conversation never happened.
“The Governor’s number one priority is helping the people of Western New York immediately recover from this latest extreme weather event, and any suggestion otherwise is categorically false," Fashouer said. "The Governor has deployed more than 100 National Guard to the region, worked with impacted utilities to restore power to more than 20,000 homes and businesses, and aggressive recovery efforts – which have never once paused – will continue full stop until cleanup is completed.”
She pointed out the National Guard troops worked before, during and after the governor's stop in Hamburg.
The aide accused of asking the cleanup be delayed has not been identified.