Forged NY DOT docs being investigated in Schuyler County

According to Tyrone Town Supervisor Don Desrochers, a document on file with the New York State Department of Transportation has been falsified.

During a regular meeting with Town Council on Tuesday, the board was made aware of the irregularity with the document, according to Watkins Review. Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan, as well as about 20 residents were present at the meeting.

According to the Review, Desrochers said he told the Tyrone group the Hornell DOT office has a resolution in their file that shows two roads were included on the form that should not have been listed. The two roads are Danilowicz Road (from West Lake Road to the end of the road for a corrected length of .76 miles) and Wagner Road (from West Lake Road to the end of the road for a corrected length of .91 miles). Desrochers said these private roads were not approved by the town council for the roads to receive repairs and capital investments by the town.


The Review reports that the fraudulent document contains the voting preference of the town board, the supervisor and a signature on the line for the Town Clerk.

Desrochers said that Town Clerk Deborah Tyler signed a statement on Friday, Oct. 13 testifying she had not signed any such document to include the two roads mentioned above.

An investigation is now underway looking at the details of this falsified document.

Tyrone has some history with improper document allegations. The town Highway Superintendent Paul H. Ernhout was charged (Feb. 21, 2017) with a felony count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree (class E felony) and with official misconduct ( a class A misdemeanor).

It is alleged Ernhout submitted an altered town highway vehicle invoice for work done on his personal vehicle. Ernhout was released on an appearance ticket and was scheduled to appear in town court on March 13. That court date was changed and the location was moved to the town of Orange.

Two Orange court dates for Ernhout have been scheduled (Sept. 19 and Sept. 26) but neither occurred according to Desrochers.

The Tyrone town supervisor said investigators and the county attorneys are still pursuing the Ernhout case.

Read the original report from the Watkins Review