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Bernie Fine Allegations: Syracuse Mayor Issues Statement

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Just when you thought the steelcage death match between District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler couldn't get fiercer...

My God, that's...THAT'S...That's Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's music!

"Since new information came to light Thursday, the Syracuse Police Department, under the excellent leadership of Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler and Deputy Police Chief Shawn Broton, has focused its efforts on investigating these horrendous allegations.

Chief Fowler, Deputy Chief Broton and the Syracuse Police Department have conducted themselves with complete professionalism and integrity throughout this process. We are focused on trying to find the truth in this highly charged environment.

It is deeply unfortunate for the people of this community, the accused and the accusers that the District Attorney has chosen a different tactic, resorting to personal and professional attacks. Despite his histrionics and grandstanding, we will continue to investigate these allegations and share information with the authorities, including the District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney's Office, at the appropriate time.

Let me be clear: Chief Fowler and Deputy Chief Broton did not in any way authorize the release of or provide any documents or information to the Syracuse Post Standard. In fact, it should not be lost on the media that the District Attorney has indeed been the only one who has been regularly providing information to the media."

And she's not kidding about the U.S. Attorney's Office. She has indeed looped them in.