Further developments in the probe of Westchester County District Attorney (and state Joint Commission on Public Ethics chairwoman) Janet DiFiore, courtesy of The Journal News’ Jonathan Bandler and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon:
The Westchester County fraud unit that was probing whether District Attorney Janet DiFiore’s former nanny improperly received public assistance has been taken off the case — as the county is facing a possible defamation lawsuit from the nanny.
Philippe Gille, first deputy commissioner of the Department of Social Services, wrote to fraud investigators yesterday that “all matters relating to (Marina Buchanan) are being handled by central office.”
According to the memo, obtained by The Journal News, Gille indicated that “no further action is required by the Bureau of Case Review.” He also wrote that a letter from the unit to DiFiore and her husband, Dennis Glazer, “has been withdrawn.”
Buchanan, the couple’s nanny for two decades, has filed a notice of claim against the county, DSS Commissioner Kevin McGuire, Vazquez and seven unnamed county employees, indicating she intends to sue for defamation. The claim, filed with the county in late June and obtained today by The Journal News, accuses the defendants of disclosing confidential information about Buchanan and making false statements that she was not entitled to social services benefits.