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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is pleased to announce that the Legislature has unanimously supported her resolution that urges the New York State Assembly to approved a bill that would benefit volunteer firefighters who develop cancer due to...

Earlier the month the Erie County Opioid Task Force held its quarterly meeting to reassess the steps that have been taken to address the heroin/opioid epidemic. Sadly, despite these multifaceted efforts, we are still losing our family members,...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that Erie County will accept a federal grant through the Board of Elections to ensure that the Hamburg Moose Lodge, utilized as a polling place, is compliant with American Disabilities Act (ADA). In...

Recently the topic of transportation has been the focus of several local meetings as our region continues to address safety concerns, improve public transportation and hopefully utilize ridesharing soon. 

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has allocated funding in the 2017 Erie County budget for the Lackawanna Senior Center and Tosh Collins Center to support their efforts in serving members and the community. Each organization will receive $1,000...

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.