BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Erie County Legislature voted Thursday to take control of the money in the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Tim Howard had already turned over some of the funds, but with the vote, all of it will be handed over immediately. Until Thursday, the sheriff had sole discretion over around a million dollars, money raised from inmates making phone calls at the Erie County Holding Center.
The telephone funds are not regulated in New York State, which is why the sheriff was left to spend the money how he saw fit. Sheriff Howard was not breaking any laws.
But with Thursday's vote, the funds will no longer be controlled by the sheriff and he will now have to get approval to use the money.
The vote on Thursday did not dictate how the sheriff can spend the money. A bill that would require 40 percent of the funds be spent on inmate programs has yet to be voted on.
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