Greece, NY - County Legislator Rick Antelli was inside in hair salon on North Greece Road Thursday morning, but he wasn't talking. He told us everything will come out later.
It was Antelli who first revealed there was an F.B.I. probe in the town of Greece. He confirmed that during a recent zoning board hearing.
Antelli appeared before the board as a businessman, requesting a variance and then went on the record at the taped meeting about the investigation saying:
"A lot of that information should stay right within this board because there is an FBI investigation going on about that...There's an investigation going on and I'm a federal witness, so make sure you mark that down."
Those comments unleashed rumors that had first surfaced four years ago on a blog. Those rumors allege there was a cover-up of an accident involving a town worker in 2003, who was allegedly drunk, operating a town plow, when he crashed into a car.
That worker was allegedly the son of State Assemblyman Bill Reilich. Reilich denied the rumors saying Greece Police investigated the same allegations four years ago and found them to be nothing more than "vicious rumors."
Reilich says he was in the middle of a heated election when those rumors first surfaced so he wrote them off as dirty politics. Now, he doesn't know what to think. He says whoever is spreading these rumors is trying to deflect from the fact that there is an F.B.I. probe.
Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter says he can't comment on the F.B.I. investigation except to say: "It does not involve the current Police Department."