Ed Rath was born and raised in Amherst and attended Williamsville public schools through 8th grade. Ed graduated from Nichols School of Buffalo and subsequently received his college degree from Syracuse University with a major Political Science and a minor in History. In 2005, Ed completed the Executive MBA program at Canisius College - Magna Cum Laude
For the past 20 years, Ed has been working in the energy industry in sales, business development and management. Amy and Ed make their home in Williamsville and have three daughters.
Ed moved back to Western New York in June 2003 and has volunteered for numerous philanthropic organizations.
- Ed is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and has chaired two major fundraising events.
- Ed is on the Advisory Council of the Buffalo/Niagara Sports Commission.
- Ed is Co-Chairman of the Niagara & Erie County Regional Coalition.
- Ed works on the Executive Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association - raising money and awareness for the MDA.
- Ed is a member of the Williamsville Rotary Club, and helps with the Children's Literacy program.
- Ed is a parishioner and volunteer at Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville.
- A member of the Williamsville Business Association.
Ed is currently employed by Direct Energy Services and has worked in the energy industry for the past 20 years. Over that period of time, he has worked for a vast array of businesses from small family owned businesses to a Fortune 100 company.
As the Legislator that represents a portion of Amherst, Clarence, Akron and Newstead, Ed has accomplished a lot in his first two terms:
- Invested in infrastructure today by helping to secure funding and implement major road improvement projects in the 15th district such as Wehrle Road and Maple Road, Sheridan at Mill and Evans, Main and Cayuga and Hopkins Road.
- Co-sponsored important reforms: Reduction of the size of the Legislature (from 15 to 11); elimination of unnecessary district offices (Erie County is the only County Legislature in NYS with these offices); Reduction in Legislators salary (Erie County has the highest paid Legislators in NYS).
- Since January of 2010 has been advocating for the Reduction in Legislators salary (Erie County has the highest paid Legislators in NYS).
- Lead sponsor of the “Property Tax Stabilization Fund” to serve as a dedicated rainy day fund to hold the line on property tax increases
- For the past 3 years, crafted responsible budget amendments that called for meaningful reform of Erie County Government, and the reduction of our incredible tax burden.
- 0% growth in spending in 2011 budget and reduced long term debt by $100 million.
- Fully funding our pension obligations and not taking the Comptrollers offer to borrow.
- Transferring non-mandated services to not-for-profits, boosting the private sector (WIC/clinics).
- Lead sponsor of the “Silver Alert” a Local Law, similar to the Amber Alert, is a public notification system which will broadcast information about missing persons - especially vulnerable seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia or other mental disabilities - in order to aid in their return. This important Local Law was adopted in the Spring of 2011 and it forces first responders, the Public and media outlets to work together to find missing residents who wander due to the side effect of Alzheimer’s – the fastest growing disease in the US.
- Co-authored a proposed Cyber-bullying local law to deter youths from attacking each other online, and holding those accountable to engage in online harassment. The Legislature is expected to vote on the issue in January 2012.
Ed serves on the legislature's Economic Development, Public Safety, and Government Affairs Committees. His legislative agenda items include: Increased collaboration and dialog between all economic development agencies and the business community; Continues reduction and reform of County government to lower the property tax burden; more effectively use the bed tax to promote tourism and cultural assets; Re-adoption and reform of the Empire Zone and Power for Jobs programs; Continued investment in road and bridge improvement projects; Prioritization and adequate funding of Erie Community College in order to increase enrollment; Examine mergers, consolidations, shared services and inter-municipal agreements which would benefit the taxpayers of Erie County and the 6th Legislative District.