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Thomas A. Loughran
District 5


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4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
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Email: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

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2015 Summer "Primetime" Grants Awarded

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined at Camp Centerland in Amherst by Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran (5th District), Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Al Dirschberger, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Board President Gretchen Gross, community leaders, and enthusiastic children enjoying their first day at summer camp as they begin a summer full of recreational fun and learning. Camp Centerland is one of 56 local not-for-profit agencies that are expanding their 2015 summer programming with “Prime Time” grants provided by Erie County. Grants range from $1,993 to $10,000 and help to provide for an adult-supervised environment for the 10-week school summer recess period. Prime Time grants also assist receiving agencies in creating and staffing structured recreational activities that prevent delinquency, increase socialization, and foster respect for authority.

Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran said, “Prime Time grants are an investment in our youth, helping them to enjoy supervised activities in programs all around Erie County for 10 weeks each summer. This is a great example of how Erie County government works with partners in the not-for-profit sector to provide the services that residents expect and rely on, with expanded opportunities for children to learn, participate, and socialize in safe environments with their friends.”

Charles J. Sabatino PhD “Charlie” Named Erie County Legislature Citizen of the Month for May 2015

Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran named Charles J. Sabatino PhD, ”Charlie”,  Erie County Citizen of the Month for May 2015, as a way to remember him and honor his many years of service and advocacy for community mental health efforts.

Charles J. Sabatino was a College Professor at Daemen College in Snyder N.Y., where he started the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 1977 and was instrumental in the creation of the Service Learning Program as well as the co-facilitator of a monthly Cancer Wellness Center support group that meets on campus.

Charlie, a prolific researcher and writer, was the author of more than 30 published articles in professional Journals and was a frequent contributor to The Buffalo News “letters to the editor” column.

Charles J. Sabatino was an advocate for people who needed an advocate; he taught inmates at Attica Prison as part of the college program of the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier and also worked to rehabilitate sex offenders as well as being an advocate for those in the community mental health system.

Legislator Tom Loughran said, “Charlie was regarded by many as “a one man institution”, his remarkable life and positive influence has enriched the lives of those he has met along life’s path”.

Legislator Tom Loughran Announces Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Event in Amherst

Department of Environment & Planning, Partners Schedule Return of Popular Service


ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with the Town of Amherst, Erie Community College, and Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management (“NEST”) has announced that “Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Day” will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the ECC North Campus. This event is open to all Erie County residents between the hours of 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and allow for the safe disposal of hazardous items that can’t be thrown out in the regular garbage, helping to reduce pollution and potential contamination of groundwater.

“Providing residents with a free, safe way to dispose of hazardous household waste items is a smart way to protect people and the environment. These items can be cleaned out of garages and basements and brought to the drop off site for disposal as we all work to create a cleaner, greener Erie County,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “As we’ve seen in past years, these events are very popular and well-attended. I want to thank the staff in the Department of Environment & Planning, as well as their partners at ECC, the Town of Amherst, NEST and other event supporters, for their work in once again facilitating this vital service.”

WHAT:  Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days

WHERE:  ECC North Campus (enter from Wehrle Drive) Saturday, May 9, 2015

WHEN:   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Tom Loughran Announces HEAP Workshop

Amherst, NY- Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) is announcing that a HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) workshop for the fifth legislative district will be held at the Harlem Road Community Center 4255 Harlem Rd. Amherst, NY 14226 from 9 am – 4pm on Monday, February 23, 2015. HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County Residents with their heating bills.

ECC North Campus STEM Building Project Advances

Erie County, NY- On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Erie County Legislature’s Community Enrichment Committee passed a resolution authorizing the County to enter into an agreement with Kideney Architects for the Erie Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Building project on the North Campus in Amherst.

Kideney Architects and their sub-consultants will provide architecture and engineering services for design and construction administration of a new state-of-the-art academic building that will help ECC remain competitive and attract the regions potential students while remaining at the forefront of education in the area. A portion of the project will be reimbursed by New York State and Erie Community College.

“We’ve had this debate for four years, but this Legislature unanimously voted to come up with seven million dollars for this building on the North Campus. The problem we’ve had the last sixty years is all the money we left on the table. The State is paying for half this building – going forward this is a template to revitalize our North Campus.” Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) stated during the Committee meeting.

Since his election to the Legislature in 2006, Tom Loughran has been an advocate for the revitalization of ECC, especially the North Campus, and keeping the college campuses in the local communities.

The committee report will be up for approval by the entire legislature at the next regular session to be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the legislative chambers of “Old County Hall” in downtown Buffalo.