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Erie County Legislature Approves Resolution to Support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Buffalo, NY-  On Thursday, December 17, 2015, the Erie County Legislature joined the growing number of municipalities which support a bill currently before the NYS Legislature aimed at setting nurse-to-patient staffing ratios across New York State. The resolution to support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act was approved with bi-partisan support and ensures that health care workers have the support of the Erie County Legislature in their fight to ensure safe working conditions.

The resolution was introduced by Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) who saw this as an important issue that Erie County should support. “My goal is to ensure that all patients in acute care facilities and nursing homes receive the best care and treatment available. I commend my colleagues for joining me in support of this important resolution to ensure that quality, patient centered care remains a priority throughout Erie County.”

The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act will establish a statewide standard for minimum staffing levels at acute care and nursing home facilities. With passage of this resolution, Erie County joins the towns of Cheektowaga, Amherst and the City of Buffalo who have recently passed resolutions in support of this statewide initiative.