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oneilj - Posted on 25 March 2011

In response to concerns from constituents and neighborhoods throughout Erie County, Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, suspended in a resolution Thursday from the County Executive’s Office designating $70,000 for rat and vector control. Unfortunately instead of voting to approve the funding, members of the Majority Caucus objected to the item, forcing it into the Health and Human Services Committee, delaying the implementation of much-needed funding.


“Several legislators worked closely with County Executive Chris Collins to locate this funding and designate it for vector control. Instead of announcing that funding is available for rodent abatement we are putting off a critical vote that is important to many towns at this time,” Legislator Hardwick said. “So, for now, the rats get a stay of execution.”


Legislator Hardwick and the Minority Caucus, led by Minority Leader John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, and including Legislators Lynne Dixon, Hamburg; Dino Fudoli, Lancaster; Edward Rath III, Amherst; and Ray Walter, Clarence, worked in collaboration with County Executive Chris Collins to allocate $70,000 for the rat and vector control program, utilizing the 2010 surplus.


The Health and Human Services Committee will meet at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 and the next opportunity to vote on expending these funds is not until April 14.


Legislator Hardwick said he hopes this item will be moved as soon as possible so resources can be delivered to towns in need of rodent abatement services.


Legislator Hardwick is available to speak with residents about this issue or other County concerns. Please contact his Legislative Office at (716) 873-3438 or e-mail kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.