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Edward Rath III
District 6

District Office:
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street
Fourth Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: (716) 858-8676
Fax: (716) 858-8895
Email: edward.rath@erie.gov

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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Legislator Rath names E. Peter Forrestel II as June’s Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is pleased to announce that Akron resident E. Peter Forrestel II, President of Bank of Akron, has been named the June 2016 Citizen of the Month. Mr. Forrestel was recognized at the June 23, 2016 session and honored with a proclamation highlighting his contributions to Erie County.

June 2016 Column - Charter Revision Commission recommendations

The Erie County Charter Revision Commission has made 56 recommendations that address everything from ethics reform to supporting a diversified applicant pool to how the next Legislature district map will be drawn.

May 2016 Column - Budgeting requires practical decision making – not wishful thinking

As the saying goes, “there is more than meets the eye.” Lately, the Erie County Legislature has been handling a large number of unbalanced spending proposals including lead and opiate initiatives that have been pushed on the Legislature without any notion of how to fund these programs for the long term.  The County Executive has been relentless in his message to the media and residents that the Legislature doesn’t share his commitment to these issues. That is completely untrue.  It’s taken the County Executive years to propose these new plans, while we have continuously funded existing programs. In 2016 Mr. Poloncarz also left out a crucial detail, how will this be paid for?

Legislature supports RecruitNY, recognizes importance of volunteer firefighters

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath announces that the Legislature has approved a proclamation in support of the 6th annual RecruitNY, encouraging residents to consider joining their local fire company, which are in critical need of new members.

April 2016 Column - 911 calls can be matters of life and death; residents must be able to depend on system

Last week Erie County’s 911 system suffered a catastrophic failure. Anyone calling with an emergency during the nearly four hour outage did not receive a timely response or any response at all. Reportedly callers had to stay on the line for “some time” before their call was answered. Imagine the panic that this would cause. It is believed many simply hung-up as calls were being routed to only two centers, inundating those dispatchers.