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April 2013 Column - Solutions found through communication, notification


Back in 1977 Erie County and the county’s three cities created an agreement on how to distribute sales tax to municipalities. However, 38 years later that plan doesn’t mirror Erie County’s current dynamics. Since 1977, the...

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath, III honored the Akron Fire Company on Oct. 5 during Fire Prevention Week 2015. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the department were Fire Warden/ Fire Prevention and Public Educator Ken Pagels and...

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath’s office will host a Mobile Office Hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence, to meet with residents to discuss County issues and share...

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath announces that a free guided walk at Akron Falls Park will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. The walk is sponsored by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Cummings Lodge, 44...

The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus announces that a Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at various sites throughout the county. Residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted or...

oneilj - Posted on 03 April 2013

In the Town of Clarence is a busy intersection where Goodrich Road and Clarence Center Road meet. The business owners and residents in that section have gone to great lengths to make this an enjoyable and walkable area.


Within those four corners are businesses, including a bank, boutiques, restaurants and cafes and a day care, as well as homes. It also connects to the popular Clarence Bike Path, frequented by walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Unfortunately, there were also large semi-trucks whose route went through that intersection. Business owners and residents alike were bothered by these trucks that caused safety and quality of life concerns.


Too often in life we miss opportunities to easily rectify a problem by not communicating. This was not one of those times. Along with Clarence Supervisor David Hartzell, we discussed this issue with a business whose trucks used this route and without hesitation the business changed their truck route. The problem was addressed and resolved simply by reaching out to the business to talk about the issue.


I was reminded of when a group of dedicated firefighters approached me and asked why Erie County wasn’t eligible for Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Higher Education Learning Plan (HELP) that allows tuition reimbursement from Erie Community College. I discovered that Erie County was unfairly being excluded and with some effort and communication among all necessary departments and agencies, we were successful in making HELP available to local volunteer firefighters who enroll in ECC.


The first semester this program was offered was fall 2012 and it was very successful with several enrollees signed up for HELP. I fully expect that as awareness grows, so will HELP applicants. Anyone interested in learning more can email HELP@fasny.com or visit www.fasny.com. A FASNY HELP Handbook can also be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. 


ECC has great opportunities for all residents. To learn more, attend ECC’s Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 2. All three campuses will be hosting tours and providing information about degree and certificate programs, scholarships and financial aid. For more information, visit ww.ecc.edu or call 581-1ECC. This is the perfect opportunity to decide if ECC is right for you.


Also coming up is Erie County’s Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. If you have unwanted waste at your residence, please plan to properly dispose of it by bringing it to one of the following events:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Erie Community College North Campus, enter from Wehrle Drive
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Erie Community College South Campus, enter from Big Tree Road - Route 20A via Abbott Road


The list of acceptable materials includes, pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners, oil-based paints and spray cans; oil, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze; paint thinner, stripper and solvents; batteries - lead acid and rechargeable; mercury - thermometers, thermostats and metal; and propane tanks and cylinders - full or empty.


If you have any questions about a county service or program, please contact my office at 858-8676 or email edward.rath@erie.gov