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Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick

Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202


Phone: (716) 858-8672
Fax: (716) 858-8818
Kevin.Hardwick@erie.gov

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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

April 2017 Column - Searching for Answers

I recently attended a lecture at Canisius College by the former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, Raymond Kelly.  It actually was more of a conversation than a lecture, as Mr. Kelly answered a series of questions posed by a pair of Canisius professors before entertaining questions from the audience.  Given that Kelly holds the distinction of being the longest serving commissioner in New York City history and he has been credited with helping to thwart numerous terrorist attacks following 9/11, you would think that the first question of the night would have been about terrorism.  But it was not.  Instead, he was asked about how to best combat the nationwide opioid abuse epidemic.

March 2017 Column - Dialogue

February was a very loud month for the United States.  Every time you turned around it seemed someone was shouting at someone else.  Much of this occurred at so-called “town hall” meetings held by various congressmen, as protestors packed the gatherings.  Eight years ago it was Democratic congresspersons taking the flak from opponents of President Obama’s policies.  This year it was Republicans who were the target of those taking exception to the direction President Trump would like to steer the country.  Many Republicans who have not held town halls are being criticized for not listening to their constituents.

Erie County Legislature warns against giving Governor power to withhold funding mid-year

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus opposes a proposal by Governor Cuomo that would allow him to withhold State funding after the county has already set its budget. Should state funding be withheld mid-year, the county would have to make up the shortfall, which could have a significant impact on local finances.

February 2017 Column - Making the Most of a Short Month

Just because February is the shortest month, does not mean there is nothing happening.  This is certainly the case at Old County Hall, as the County Legislature grapples with a number of issues vital to our community’s future.

Legislator Hardwick announces grant funds to ensure polling places are ADA compliant

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick is pleased to announce that Erie County will receive federal grant funds through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to bring a polling site in the City of Tonawanda into compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). The site, located at 150 Fillmore Ave. in the City of Tonawanda, was one of five sites approved for grant funds, which also includes the Community Center in the Village of Kenmore.