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Legislature approves new security plan for Rath Building, metal detectors to be added

A new $1.5 million plan to address security concerns at the Rath Building (95 Franklin St., Buffalo) has been approved by the Erie County Legislature and will include the installation of metal detectors and addition of armed Sheriff’s Deputies. The plan, which was amended by the Majority Caucus, was approved at the July 14, 2016 session.


“This plan increases the number of guards and deputies who are charged with protecting those inside the Rath Building. While those already on duty do a good job handling the day-to-day challenges, this resolution addresses some concerns and provides additional support.  The addition of metal detectors will also provide an extra layer of protection for not only employees but visitors to the building,” said Legislator Edward A. Rath, III, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.


The plan allocates funding for the redesign and construction the building’s entrances, which will include the installation of metal detectors.


“These new security measures for the Rath Building are a sign of today’s concerns. We must take necessary precautions and be prepared. I am pleased we were able to agree on a new plan that allows the county to protect its employees and visitors through improvements while adequately budgeting for the associated cost. Our decision to amend the County Executive’s original proposal and add additional trained, armed Sheriff’s Deputies is reflective of where we believe the immediate need lies. The amended plan reduces the annual cost from what was proposed, resulting in savings over time while improving the security efforts,” said Legislator Lynne Dixon, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee.


With approval of the amended resolution, the County will be able to begin hiring deputies and guards, as well as move forward with the redesign of the entrance.