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August 2013 Column - Past, present and future look at County issues


Information session will be held June 14 from 6:15pm-7:30pm at the Blasdell Elementary School
Support these funds are critical to children and families throughout the community

Last week, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon stopped by the Hamburg Senior Center to pass out flowers as a special gift ahead of Mother’s Day.

Mill and overlay work on McKinley Parkway from Willet Road to Route 20 in the Town of Hamburg
In partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will hold a free Boater Safety Course that allows boaters to meet state requirements

Well, it was another terrific Western New York summer.  Although the weather sometimes provided obstacles, the festivals, lawn fetes, barbecues, concerts and other summer activities carried on to the delight of everyone.  The Erie County Fair boasted record attendance and made for a great summer curtain call.


Summer is also the peak season for roadwork in Erie County.  With 1,200 lane miles and numerous bridges, there is plenty to maintain. Since first taking office, while working with two administrations, I have continuously advocated for a greater commitment to repairing our aging infrastructure. Currently, there is revenue available, as well as a dedicated funding source to address those needs, but the current administration has opted not to allocate a portion of the available funds during this construction cycle. I disagree with the decision and have requested that available funds be applied to road work as soon as possible. As you know it is a public safety, liability, and economic development issue. 


As we prepare for fall there are many events scheduled to help you prepare for the coming year.  On Friday, Sept. 13 I have a District Outreach Meeting scheduled at the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to meet personally with residents and discuss any questions or concerns they may have. I will also have valuable materials on hand, including Yellow Dot packets and information about Social, Senior and Veterans Services. I also have outreach hours scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., also on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, (S-4968 Lakeshore Road) Hamburg. I welcome everyone to stop by. The Senior Center offers many terrific programs and the Seaway Trail Center offers some of the best views of the lake.  Anyone not able to attend can always schedule to meet with me at a time and place that is convenient for them. Please contact my Legislative Office at 858-8671 to schedule a meeting.


In Erie County government fall is synonymous with budget time. The County Executive will first submit his proposed budget to the Erie County Legislature, which historically has been received the beginning of October. The Legislature then reviews the budget and holds discussions before we vote on any amendments to create the final budget. In addition to the work done by your Legislature, a public hearing is scheduled to give residents an opportunity to comment. While finalizing the 2013 budget, I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cut millions in spending and eliminate a proposed tax increase to create a budget that didn’t raise property taxes.


I will also be announcing HEAP outreaches in the near future to help you prepare for what we hope will be a mild winter. At these outreaches residents who are eligible for aid can receive assistance with the HEAP application process.


Anyone with questions about County issues is encouraged to contact me at my Legislative Office at 858-8671 or email lynne.dixon@erie.gov. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/legislatorlynnedixon and information is available on my website at www.erie.gov/legislature/district09