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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon recently spoke with County Primetime Funding recipients to discuss their specific programs and receive an update on how the funding was used to enrich young people’s lives this summer. Primetime groups...

Legislator Lynne Dixon, AccelCare of Blasdell and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will hold a Free Community Flu Clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Blasdell Farmers Market, Lake Street Plaza, 4271 Lake Ave., Blasdell....

Legislator Lynne Dixon joined Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) for his press conference held Tuesday, August 25th at the Hamburg Lakeshore Overseas Veterans Post 1419, to promote the Congressman's legislation, the REVAMP Act. The...

It is becoming increasingly apparent how fortunate we are to live by one of the world's largest fresh water supplies.  It is also becoming more and more evident how necessary it is to protect that great asset.  We have been making...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, joined by State Senator Timothy Kennedy, City of Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski, Lackawanna resident Katrina Zambron and City Council Members, announced that more than 1,025 concerned residents signed her...

Minority Leader John Mills and Legislators Lynne Dixon, Joseph Lorigo, Kevin Hardwick and Edward Rath, members of the Erie County Legislature’s Minority Caucus, are again urging the County Executive to release road funds that he has refused to spend while road conditions worsen throughout the County. The Legislators pointed out that more than $1 million is available in the Transfer Tax Fund, which is designated solely for road work, but the administration has allowed it to sit idly while roads crumble.  

The County Executive’s Administration has previously stated that the Transfer Tax Funds would not be spent this year because of concerns that revenue would fall short of its projected total. At the end of last week, the County Executive announced that $720,000 in unanticipated revenue was transferred to the general fund from the Fiscal Stability Authority [Control Board]. The Minority Caucus added that with the delivery of these funds, the County Executive should unlock his hold on the Transfer Tax Funds and immediately designate them to repair roads. The Legislators share the same frustration with many residents who use county roads daily and are asking that infrastructure maintenance and repairs be made a priority. With the unexpected additional revenue, the County Executive must reevaluate his stance on holding the Transfer Tax Funds and utilize the money for its intended purpose and provide safe roadways for residents and visitors. Allowing roads and bridges to further deteriorate will cost the county much more in the future. The Legislature recently concluded its mid-year budget hearings and it was reported that the county is operating below budget, recording a surplus. Any further delay would cost the county the entire construction season.