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April 2013 Column - Solutions found through communication, notification


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is providing an update to residents concerning repairs on Hopkins Road between Tonawanda Creek Road and Smith Road.

At today’s Finance and Management Committee, members of the Legislature questioned Edwin Gonsiorek, Director of Weights and Measures, whose division was the subject of an investigation by the Comptroller’s Office. Unfortunately, only...

Legislator Edward Rath, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, honored Erie County Sheriff Deputy Richard Lundberg Jr. and Deputy Robert Ellis at the Nov. 6, 2014 session for their heroism and service to the community. The deputies are credited...

The Erie County Legislature’s majority caucus asked residents to weigh in on the recommended salary increases for elected officials, and a large majority said they do not support raises. In an online poll, 85 percent of voters answered...

Erie County Legislators Edward Rath and Thomas Loughran, who co-represent the Town of Amherst, are extremely disappointed by the action taken by Joel Giambra to stop construction of the proposed $30-million "STEM" building at Erie Community...

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