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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, along with her colleagues in the Legislature, took action at Thursday’s session to accept a $125,000 New York State grant that has been awarded to Save the Michaels of the World.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that HEAP applications are being accepted. HEAP is a federally funded program to assist income eligible Erie County residents with the costs of home heating, electricity, and...

Legislator Lynne Dixon was pleased that Versailles Road was finally epaired this year. The 2-mile stretch from Pleasant to Lakview was re-paved to address the numerous issues along the roadway. Legislator Dixon said she has received numerous...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that the October 2017 Citizen of the Month is Nicole Dayka, Hamburg resident, who is truly a hands-on, community activist.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon will meet with seniors at the Hamburg and Lackawanna Senior Centers to hear feedback on Erie County’s Senior Services Department. This time of the year the department releases the 2018 service delivery...

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.