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News - 2019


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10/31/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW WARNS SOCIAL SERVICES OF ALARMING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT MOTELS/HOTELS USED AS EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR FAMILIES

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released a report that reviewed Erie County’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and found that vulnerable families, including children, are being housed in motels and hotels that are hotspots for police calls involving violent crimes and criminal activity.

10/30/2019 ROAD SCORES DATA: CONDITIONS
 OF ERIE COUNTY ROADS WORSENED OVER SIX YEAR PERIOD

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr.’s report on road conditions shows that Erie County’s roads are in worse condition today than they were 10 years ago. According to the 2019 independently graded road scores, Erie County has the most roads scored as “poor” since 2011. Furthermore, the independent report shows that repairs are not holding up and repaired/reconstructed roadways are deteriorating rapidly.

10/29/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW FINDS HAZARDOUS CONDITION ON LAKE SHORE ROAD FOLLOWING RECENT REPAVING

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw sent a letter to DPW Commissioner William Geary concerning dangerous road conditions on Lake Shore Road near Wendt Road in the Town of Evans.

10/28/2019 AUDIT: ERIE COUNTY VIOLATED LAW BY FAILING TO PROPERLY BID ROAD PROJECTS

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released an audit that reviewed Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) reimbursement claims for road projects by the Erie County Department of Public Works,’ and how that department managed state funding reimbursements.  The audit found bid requirements and bid laws were largely ignored. 

08/27/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW HONORS BLASDELL KINDERGARTNER FOR LEADERSHIP EFFORTS

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. honored Gabby Yesis, a five-year-old Blasdell girl, for her efforts to raise nearly $100 through her lemonade stand for the Blasdell Police Department. During a presentation held at his office, Comptroller Mychajliw thanked Gabby for leading by example and supporting local law enforcement. Gabby is the daughter of Eileen and Michael Yesis, both of whom work in public service.

08/09/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW FINDS $6.18 MILLION IN UNSPENT MONEY FOR PARKS IMPROVEMENTS

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. completed a report examining unspent money by the County Executive in the Parks Department. He found that $6.18 million authorized at the request of County Executive Mark Poloncarz since 2015 remains unspent. However, that unspent money is still costing taxpayers interest. In essence, the Poloncarz administration has unnecessarily racked up debt on the county credit card, taxpayers are forced to pay interest on that debt, and he didn’t spend a large portion of the borrowed money to improve parks. 

07/24/2019 INDEPENDENT LAB FINDS LEAD IN PAINT AT COUNTY PARKS

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw called on County Executive Mark Poloncarz to immediately shut down all playground equipment across Erie County Parks.  The request follows results from an independent lab showing high levels of lead in peeling paint on swings and slides.

06/21/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW OPENS WHISTLEBLOWER HOTLINE TO REPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO ICE

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. expanded his Whistleblower Hotline after New York State approved the “Green Light” law that grants illegal immigrants the right to receive a driver’s license. State leaders, without regard for federal law or safety, included language in the law that threatens legal action against any County Clerk or employee who provides information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, by utilizing the Comptroller’s Whistleblower Hotline, anyone can leave a tip anonymously.   That information will be forwarded to the appropriate federal contact.  

06/07/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW COMPLETES REPORT ON NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVING A DRIVER’S LICENSE

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released his report that outlines the negative consequences that will be caused by granting illegal aliens the right to obtain a valid New York State driver’s license. At the request of County Clerk Michael P. Kearns, Comptroller Mychajliw investigated the issue and found numerous negative consequences to law abiding taxpayers and law enforcement.  

05/30/2019 CLERK CALLS ON COMPTROLLER TO INVESTIGATE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF ILLEGAL ALIENS OBTAINING DRIVER’S LICENSES

In a bipartisan effort, Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. (R-Hamburg) and Clerk Michael P. Kearns (D-Buffalo) announced the launch of an investigation into the negative consequences associated with granting illegal aliens the right to obtain a driver’s license in the State of New York. In a letter to Comptroller Mychajliw, Clerk Kearns requests the Comptroller’s Office release a report that outlines possible adverse effects if state leaders approve legislation granting that right. 

04/18/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW EARNS HUNDRENDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR TAXPAYERS VIA ONLINE PAYMENT PROGRAM REBATE

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. recently met with M&T Bank officials to review the progress of the county’s online vendor payment system. This reform initiative was implemented in 2015 as part of an overhaul of Erie County’s banking relationship. Since implementation, taxpayers have received approximately $870,659 back in the form of a rebate. This is new revenue for the county that doesn’t negatively impact the property taxpayer and helps the county’s bottom line.

04/17/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW TO HOST SENIOR FRAUD PROTECTION SEMINAR AT AMHERST SENIOR CENTER

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. will present his “Senior Fraud Protection Program” at the Amherst Center for Senior Services to provide useful tips on how to identify and prevent common scams. The seminar will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst.

04/08/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW OVERHAULS ANTIQUATED OFFICE PROCEDURES THROUGH A COUNTY–WIDE PAPERLESS INITIATIVE

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. launched an environmental friendly pilot program with three key county departments to modernize how the county’s 50,000 annual invoices are processed. The Comptroller’s Accounts Payable division, under the leadership of Comptroller Mychajliw and led by Cheryl Mekarski, is being completely revamped for the first time in 30 years.

03/18/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW: ECC ENROLLMENT DECLINES, STATE’S FREE TUITION PROGRAM FAILING IN FIRST ROLLOUT

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released a report examining declining enrollment at SUNY Erie (ECC) and the significant issues this could cause in the immediate future for the college. Taking a hard look at the numbers, Comptroller Mychajliw included figures from Gov. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars and still failing to increase enrollment.

02/25/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW’S COMPREHENSIVE REPORT AWARDED NATIONAL HONORS

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. announces that for the second time this year, his office has received national recognition for its reporting skills. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) notified Comptroller Mychajliw that his 2017 fiscal year-end Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. 

02/11/2019 COMPTROLLER MYCHAJLIW PROVIDES TAXPAYERS LIST OF FREE, INCOME TAX PREP OPTIONS

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw reminds taxpayers that “tax season” is here and free assistance is available for those who need help preparing their tax filings. Income taxes are due Monday, April 15, 2019.  Comptroller Mychajliw, a consumer advocate and Erie County’s top fiscal officer, reminds families to do their due diligence to find reputable agencies that provide free assistance in preparing tax returns.

01/28/2019 National organization recognizes Comptroller Mychajliw and office professionals for outstanding excellence

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. announces that his office has once again been recognized for outstanding excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). Noting the office’s exceptional financial reporting practices, GFOA awarded the Erie County Comptroller’s Office Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR).