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March 2014 - New Legislature Majority leading by example, implementing overdue changes


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Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills and County Clerk Chris Jacobs are partnering with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a free Small Business Summit from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Springville Country...

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills is pleased to announce that the 8th annual Collins Public Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser raised $1,380 to support the library’s purchase of new furniture.  The funds were raised on July 26 at the...

Erie County Legislator John Mills will host his annual Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser at the Orchard Park Library, 4570 Buffalo St., Orchard Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Cost is $1 for hot dog and water, and $2 for Italian sausage and...

Erie County Legislature Chairman John J. Mills sent a letter to County Executive Mark Poloncarz strongly urging him to issue the Declaration of Need to allow the county to borrow its annual Revenue Anticipation Note (RAN) through the...

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, joined by his colleagues in the Legislature and Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, honored Orchard Park resident Joe DeMarco, founder of Wings Flights of Hope, at the July 24, 2014 session.

oneilj - Posted on 10 March 2014

At my request, the Comptroller’s auditing division has begun a review of the Legislature’s expenditures and budget practices from the past five years. This is long overdue; I don’t recall such a review ever taking place during my tenure. Without fully understanding the past spending decisions we can’t adequately move forward.

This five-year review will help the new majority identify ways to operate more efficiently.  By looking back and analyzing previous legislature expenditures, we can better recognize how to move forward and where to place our priorities.

As is the case in any audit, I believe that during this review the auditors will uncover areas where we can improve productivity. I look forward to reading their report and I will assure the residents of Erie County that all necessary changes will be made to improve the Legislature. 

While the audit is still being conducted, I have already made changes to improve accountability within the Legislature. The Legislature staff members were some of the last county employees not required to document their time through the electronic payroll system. That is all changing.  Going forward, the staff members will be required to swipe their county ID badges upon arrival and departure from work.  This is an important initiative taken by the new legislature majority to operate a transparent body of government.

 

Prior to the installation of the electronic system, Legislature employees were still marking their time on paper. Information was then manually entered into the county system. This was time consuming, and frankly, inefficient. By using this program the Legislature will efficiently document staff activity without question.

 

Much like the five-year review audit, implementing electronic time records is overdue and I am proud to see it accomplished within the first 60 days of the Republican Party taking control of the Legislature.

 

Last week, the County Executive gave his 2014 State of the County address.  I want to thank Mr. Poloncarz for his presentation and I look forward to working with him to implement reform that is in the best interest of all taxpayers.

 

As the Legislator for much of the Southtowns, I was disappointed that more time was not spent discussing plans for bridge and road work repairs. We are going to face significant issues this spring as potholes continue to create a headache for drivers. In addition to the previously scheduled road work, we’ll have to ensure these major nuisances are addressed properly. As I always do, I’ll be pressuring the county executive to place a priority on responsible infrastructure repair. It is a public safety issue, as well as the engine for local economic growth.

 

While both the Legislature and County Executive are looking ahead, (though sometimes down different paths), I look forward to finding middle ground.