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district 4

Minority Leader
Joseph C. Lorigo
District 10

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Kevin R. Hardwick
District 4

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Edward A. Rath III
District 6

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Lynne M. Dixon
District 9

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 John J. Mills
District 11



Legislators disappointed that hospital stands to lose millions in borrowing deal

Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills, Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Legislator Edward Rath and Legislator Ted Morton put forward an amendment, which was also supported by Legislator Lynne Dixon, to remove the “credit mechanism” from the ECMC borrowing proposal, which will cost ECMC tens of millions of dollars when it borrows funds for its new emergency room.

Legislature Chairman, Majority Leader discuss Control Board ignoring subpoena, refusal to attend public meeting

Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills and Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo released the following statements after the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority refused to attend today’s Special Informational Meeting on a $120 million borrowing plan and its decision to take Erie County to court following a subpoena compelling them to attend. The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority is a state authority funded by Erie County at annual costs of almost $500,000 a year.

Erie County Legislature to show support for federal funding for key programs such as HEAP and Meals on Wheels

In response to the President’s Executive Budget proposal, the Erie County Legislature has taken action in support of funding for several key agencies that benefit the community. At the March 9 session, the Legislature unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and this week will be taking up the issue of HEAP funding and support for the Meals on Wheels program, voting on resolutions at the March 23 session. 

Legislature Chairman subpoenas Erie County Control Board members after refusal to attend Legislature meeting

Erie County Legislature Chairman John J. Mills today subpoenaed the six members of the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority’s (ECFSA) board after they ignored a resolution passed unanimously by the Legislature asking for a public discussion with board members to fully vet the $120 million borrowing plan for ECMC, which the ECFSA approved on Wednesday, March 15th in a 5-1 vote. The subpoenas were given to Ken Vetter, ECFSA Executive Director at a meeting of the Finance and Management Committee.

Legislators approve resolution requesting meeting with ECFSA Board to review $100 million borrowing plan

Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.