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Erie County's former social services commissioner was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for raping a female subordinate at an Albany hotel in December 2017.

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Former Erie County Social Services commissioner Al Dirschberger has been convicted of raping a female subordinate by an Albany jury.

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Al Dirschberger, the former Erie County Commissioner of Social Services, took the stand Thursday in an Albany courtroom where he faces charges he raped a former employee.  Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News has been following the testimony and shared her reporting with WBFO.


Albnay County District Attorney

There are words like "creepy," "egotistical," "troubling," "shady" and an "alarming" number of complaints when former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger began to make changes in his department, but it was characterized as a "morale problem" and not discriminatory. That is among the findings by the law firm hired to investigate a claim of negligence against Erie County.

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Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo is urging the county executive to temporarily remove Marie Cannon's nomination for Commissioner of Social Services, until an investigation into circumstances surrounding her former boss is complete.

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Allegations of personal misconduct by former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger have sparked a new proposal that would ban payouts to government appointees convicted of criminal charges.

Albany County District Attorney

A special counsel will soon be hired to investigate accusations that Erie County has not done enough to protect its employees from sexual misconduct. Thursday's unanimous vote the Erie County Legislature follows claims - and a notice of intention to file legal action - by a county employee who accuses Erie County of not doing enough to protect workers from sexual harassment. 

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Erie County lawmakers discussed two bills Thursday related to harassment cases against county employees. One of the proposals is to prevent the use of public dollars to fund harassment settlement cases.


Albany County District Attorney

Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger was arraigned Monday in Albany on charges of rape and criminal sexual act for an alleged encounter with a female county employee at a hotel.

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The Albany investigation that led to the forced resignation of Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger is just the first stage of Erie County looking to prevent a repeat.

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Al Dirschberger has gone from Erie County Social Services commissioner to a "person of interest" in a potentially criminal Albany incident involving a subordinate.

Information on how to protect yourself from winter weather and where to find various services is available on Erie County's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold website.

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Child Protective Services workers will be spending two days a week in Erie County's 28 suburban school districts, working with district social workers.


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Erie County Social Services workers may find out Friday if some will be back in their regular offices next week after a sprinkler blew on Monday and flooded part of the Hens & Kelly building on Main Street.


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A new Child Protective Services report shows a significant decrease in the number of open cases in Erie County. The development follows several changes made to the department after the deaths of three children in recent years.