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Thomas A. Loughran
District 5

Democrat

District Office:
4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
Fax: 836-0199
Email: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

"Topping Off" the Long Awaited STEM Building at ECC North

Amherst, NY- Erie County 5th District Legislator and Minority Leader Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) joined Erie Community College President Jack Quinn, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, College staff & students and construction personnel for the ceremonial “topping-off” of the college’s long-awaited STEM-focused academic building at the ECC North Campus on February 27, 2017.

"The County investment in state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education facilities will prepare our young people for the jobs of the future.  There is no better investment than an investment in our children," stated Legislator Loughran.

Legislator Tom Loughran signing beam

2017 Free Tax Preparation from UB School of Management

IRS-certified accounting students from the School of Management will again provide free tax-preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $54,000.

Area residents and students with annual incomes below $54,000 are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, which will be held on the North and South campuses. The IRS estimates that using such free services can save taxpayers $100 to $300 in preparation fees. For more information, including required documentation, please visit Mgt.buffalo.edu/freetaxprep.

Dates, Times and Locations:

South Campus- 403 Hayes Hall: Free tax preparation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. North Campus- Jacobs Management Center: Free tax preparation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2 and 15 in 112 Jacobs Management Center, and on April 8 and 9 in 122 Jacobs Management Center.

The documentation needed for participants and answers to FAQS can be found online here .

Send requests for more information to mgt-freetaxprep@buffalo.edu or call 716-857-1955. A student volunteer will reply within two business days.

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).