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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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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...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has secured $4,500 for WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the 2017 Erie County budget, nearly twice the amount allocated in last year’s budget. The Legislature approved the funding at the Dec....

In recognition of the progress already accomplished by the Hamburg Community Playground Committee, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has allocated $3,000 in the 2017 Erie County budget to help the committee reach its goal. The funding was...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is pleased that New York State has responded to her concerns, as well as many others, regarding the health issues following the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Avenue, Lackawanna. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p...

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.