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Amherst, NY 14226
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Legislator Tom Loughran Honors Mike Flynn as Erie County Legislature Citizen of the Month

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran presented lifelong Amherst resident Mike Flynn with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award at the regular session of the Legislature held on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award was created to recognize outstanding members of the community, and the latest member of this distinguished group is Edward Michael Flynn. 

“Mike has dedicated his life to serving the community.  He’s been a strong advocate for the poor and disadvantaged in Erie County.  I am honored to present him with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award in recognition of his dedication to our community throughout the years,” stated Legislator Tom Loughran.

Mike Flynn is a Past President, former “Irishman of the Year” and the Co-Founder of the Amherst Gaelic League, which has raised funds for the Belfast Summer Relief Program since 1971.  The money raised provides transportation for Catholic and Non-Catholic grammar school children from Northern Ireland to the United States.  The children spend six weeks with Western New York families, to promote understanding and the American way of life.

ECC North STEM Building Project Advances

Buffalo, NY- At the Erie County Legislature’s regular session, held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in “Old County Hall” in Downtown Buffalo, the Erie County Legislature passed a resolution authorizing the County to enter into a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Amendment with Turner Construction Company concerning its construction management services contract for the STEM building project at the ECC North Campus.

The GMP Amendment for the first phase of construction is for an amount not to exceed $7,400,000. A future amendment will cover the remaining construction work.

“This latest agreement moves the County and ECC one step closer to putting a shovel in the ground and starting construction on this long awaited building project,” stated Erie County Legislator and Minority Leader, Thomas A. Loughran, (D-Amherst).

“This STEM building will assist ECC to improve their student and faculty base, as well as provide students with state of the art classrooms and facilities in the long neglected North Campus. This building will integrate new and expanded workforce training and education, that fits the needs of area employers,” Legislator Loughran added.

Erie County Legislature Approves ECC North Campus Dry Memorial Library Roof Replacement

Erie County, NY- The Erie County Legislature’s Community Enrichment Committee on Thursday, December 10, 2015 unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract agreement with the architectural firm of Stieglitz Snyder Architecture for the replacement of the Dry Memorial Library roof, located on the North Campus of the Erie Community College. The committee report was approved by the full legislature at the regular session of the Legislature held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in “Old County Hall,” in downtown Buffalo.

The Dry Memorial Library was built in 1958.  The roof was last replaced in 1983.  The existing roof is over 20 years old and shows severe deterioration, including leaks into the building.

“ECC plays an important role in our community by educating young people and training adults to compete in the ever changing job market. The upcoming replacement of the Dry Memorial Library roof along with the completion of the Bretschger Hall roof replacement project, earlier this year, and the new STEM academic building shows that this Legislature and County Executive are serious about the reinvestment in the ECC North Campus, as a place where todays' knowledge and skills are available to all Erie County residents.  This regional asset, which has been neglected over the years, is an important part of the resurgence of Buffalo and Erie County” stated Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst).

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”.