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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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The Amanda Hansen Foundation, New York State Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announce that thanks to the generosity of event sponsor Baillie Lumber, a total of 200 carbon monoxide detectors will be given away...

Erie County Legislators Joseph Lorigo and Lynne Dixon met with some of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s (CCE Erie) 4-H Youth Community Action Network (CAN) teen leader interns, who were the first to be supported by Erie County...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that the Legislature unanimously approved a resolution in support of improving the work environment for E-911 call takers. Legislator Dixon cosponsored a resolution with several of her colleagues in...

When talking about the number of heroin deaths a week, it is never “good” news but it was encouraging to learn that the number dropped from approximately 11 a week to 8 in the past year. While the loss of just one life to this...

One of the top complaints heard in Lackawanna is that the city isn’t benefitting from Buffalo’s resurgence, specifically along the water. With a great deal of waterfront of its own, Lackawanna hasn’t been able to capitalize,...

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.