Leaders call for independent audit of Tom Reed

By Conor Mooney

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Local leaders and other western New York residents gathered to call for an independent audit of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed.

They met in front of the Republican congressman's office on Friday in Corning.

A tax review published in the Buffalo News indicated Reed was late on paying both personal and business taxes 38 times.

The report also said he paid $3,486.51 in interest and penalties.

Those in Corning called for the audit based on concerns of the congressman's ability to manage more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars.

"I was upset. I pay my taxes. The rest of his constituents pay their taxes, so it's upsetting that our congressman, who sits on the Ways and Means Committee, can't hold himself to a separate standard," said Cornell Junior Anna Lisa Castle.

Others said they weren't surprised by the recent report.

"He is our representative and this has not been one or two years this has been since 2005 so this is a habit," said Richard Stewart, another protestor.

The report indicated Reed said he was unaware of the scope of the problem.

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