SCHENECTADY — City Councilman Ed Kosiur has been accused of sexually abusing two Buffalo area children in the 1970s, according to two Child Victims Act lawsuits filed in state Supreme Court.
Lawsuits filed in August allege Kosiur molested two children from 1973 to 1975 in Buffalo when the accusers were around 11 and 12 years old.
Kosiur was an Erie County resident at the time, according to the accusations, which were first reported by the Buffalo News on Friday.
Kosiur declined comment on Friday evening, referring questions to his attorney, Cheryl Meyers Buth, who called the accusations a “money grab” that should be dismissed.
“They’re talking about something that they claimed happened 50 years ago,” Buth said. “Ed never abused anyone. It’s infuriating that the first impulse in society is to believe anything bad or salacious about someone.”
Buth called Kosiur a “role model” in the community.
“Nobody who knows Ed will believe any of this trash,” Buth said.
Kosiur, 64, who is from the Buffalo area, would have been between 18 and 20 at the time.
He also serves as director of the county Youth Bureau, drawing a $95,747 annual salary.
He won re-election to the City Council in 2019 and served as City Council president until early January. He also previously served on the Schenectady City School District Board of Education and as vice chair of the county Legislature.
In office, he has championed youth and senior citizen programming
The lawsuits do not name the plaintiffs or describe the relationship between them and Kosiur.
However, one filing suggested Kosiur was at least acquainted with one of the plaintiffs, stating the victim “looked up to” Kosiur.
Both plaintiffs are represented by John Lloyd Egan, a Buffalo lawyer.