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AUDIT: BACKLOG OF UNRESOLVED WELFARE FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS, HAMPERED BY ARCHAIC ‘NOTE CARD’ SYSTEM

September 12, 2018

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released an audit of the Special Investigations Division (S.I.D.) and found that the department is at risk of losing critical data by using an archaic note card filing system without any electronic back-up whatsoever.  The audit also uncovered a backlog of hundreds of unresolved welfare fraud investigations going back almost three years, and the department hasn’t implemented all critical changes recommended by then Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz dating back to March of 2011

WALL STREET AFFIRMS ERIE COUNTY’S STRONG CREDIT RATING

September 6, 2018

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw announced that independent Wall Street ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed the county’s SP-1+ credit rating for short-term borrowing.  This is the highest rating category offered by S&P.  It allows the county to borrow at an exceptionally low interest rate, thus saving significant money for the taxpayers.  Responsibility of short-term borrowing for Erie County rests solely with Comptroller Mychajliw.

COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW REPORTS SALES TAX REVENUE INCREASE, CREDITS INCOME TAX CUTS FOR UPWARD TREND

September 5, 2018

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released sales tax revenue figures for the first half of 2018.   The report shows strong growth, in part because of federal income tax cuts that placed more money in the pockets of taxpayers. In the first six months of this year (January 2018 to June 2018), Erie County collected $226,879,922 in sales tax revenue.  This is 4.6 percent higher than the same period of time last year (January 2017 - June 2017). The most recent numbers for June show that the upward trend does not appear to be slowing. 

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Iwan Mychajliw is the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, the youngest of seven children, who grew up in blue-collar beginnings near the corner of William and Fillmore on the East Side of Buffalo.

The people of Erie County first elected Mychajliw Erie County Comptroller on November 6th, 2012. Husband to Ashley, a social worker, and proud father of Mia Theresa Mychajliw, a student at Cleve Hill. 

If you see or suspect waste, fraud or abuse of county resources, don’t ignore it!  Please take a minute and report your suspicions to our Erie County Whistleblower Hotline. 

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