In early October, Assemblyman Joe Errigo, representing the New York State 133rd district, was charged by federal prosecutors with taking a bribe to introduce a bill which would delay or block the development of a Whole Foods Store in Brighton. Errigo introduced the bill, as promised, in exchange for a $10,800 bribe, to be split between him and a lobbyist, but the bill went nowhere. The bill Errigo was sponsoring would have given control to New York State transportation authorities to overturn the Brighton Town Board’s decision to approve the project, and for Brighton to give Whole Foods incentives for building in Brighton.
Now the developers who had been delayed in proceeding with their Whole Foods development are also filing a lawsuit against Errigo and a Monroe County Democratic staffer, Joe Rittler, along with 9 others who opposed the Whole Foods project. The developers feel the effort to block the Whole Foods project in Brighton has cost them thousands of dollars in costs and delays. The developers want Errigo, Rittler, and nine other Whole Foods opposition members to reimburse them, along with punitive damages.