ERIE.GOV | Your information resource from the government of Erie County, New York


County Executive Elected Officials County Departments Living In Erie County Visiting Erie County Growing your business in Erie County State and regional municipalities

Legislature applauds Sheriff's Office's award-winner Veterans Housing Unit


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

A few weeks ago, I spoke at a rally in support of bringing ridesharing to Upstate New York. Having companies such as Uber or Lyft won’t just be positive for the City of Buffalo, but also the suburbs and rural...

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that Cornell Cooperative Extension, in East Aurora, has received 2016 Primetime Funding for the first time. The organization will receive $7,500 to provide...

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo recently recognized two local veterans for their service and sacrifice. Proclamations were presented to Lance Corporal Mark Beyers and Corporal Mark O’...

Recently the Erie County Legislature’s 11 members have come together to work on several key initiatives and I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished. The Legislature unanimously approved a plan...

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo joined Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, members of the Western New York State Delegation, Erie County Legislators, Buffalo Common Council Members, representatives of...

The Erie County Legislature recognized the Erie County Sheriff's Office for receving the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute’s 2014 “Innovative Program Award” for the implementation of the Veterans Housing Unit at the Holding Center.

"Congratulations to Sheriff Howard and the entire Sheriff's Office and Jail Management Division for creating the Veterans Housing Unit to assist those who have served our country and now need assistance," said Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo. 

Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and the Erie County Sheriff’s Jail Management Division were honored for Veteran Housing Program which is a 28-bed unit opened inside the Erie County Holding Center in October 2013 to be used exclusively to house veterans. Typically, incarcerated veterans suffer similar ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Housing veterans together at the Holding Center will allow them to talk, relate and lean on each other to get back on the right path. The Holding Center averages about 22 incarcerated veterans on any given day. 

Also, housing the veterans together in one location will assist the Veteran’s Court and Veterans Administration in better serving the needs of veterans who have been incarcerated, allowing the staffs of both to hold group counseling sessions and linking veterans with existing sources. 

Of the program Sheriff Tim Howard said, “This is really a win-win situation for everyone involved in helping with the rehabilitation process of men who have served our Country. If anybody deserves a second chance, it’s the men who put their lives on the line to defend our Nation.” 

The New York State Sheriff’s Innovative Program Award was created to encourage the sharing of programs that enhance the efficiency and delivery of Sheriff’s services among New York State’s 58 Sheriff’s Offices.