Press Releases

5/4/16
May 2016 Column - Budgeting requires practical decision making – not wishful thinking

4/19/16
Legislature supports RecruitNY, recognizes importance of volunteer firefighters

4/6/16
April 2016 Column - 911 calls can be matters of life and death; residents must be able to depend on system

4/1/16
Legislator Rath encourages residents to utilize drug take back days to dispose of medications properly

3/31/2016
Legislator Rath announces reconstruction of Goodrich Road from Black Creek to Lapp Road

3/23/16
Kidney Disease Awareness Month declared in Erie County

3/4/16
March 2016 Column - Concerns raised by local contractors as county nears groundbreaking for ECC’s new STEM Building

2/22/16
Erie County calls on Albany to repeal law that has withheld billions in school aid

2/9/16
Valentines for Veterans thanks local heroes

2/3/16
ECIDA loses focus, urged to get back on track before business is lost 

2/1/16
HEAP Outreach at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Akron 

1/28/16
Legislature’s Finance Committee requests more accountability from Buffalo Urban League

1/14/16
January 2016 Column - 2016 brings tax decrease, focus on heroin epidemic

1/7/16
Legislator Rath takes oath of office for new term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Releases - 2015

12/30/15
Erie County Legislature honors WIVB senior correspondent Rich Newberg

12/8/15
December 2015 Column - Ensuring safety of volunteer firefighters becomes priority in budget process  

12/2/15
Legislator Rath announces funding for Hearts and Hands

12/2/15
Legislator Rath secures funding for Remember Flight 3407 Inc.

12/2/15
Legislator Rath announces funding for Newstead Historical Society

12/2/15
Legislator Rath secures $50,000 for firefighting training equipment

11/25/15
Legislator Rath announces HEAP Outreaches in Clarence, Akron

11/23/15
Legislator Rath announces testing approved to resolve Maple Road issues

11/20/15
Erie County Legislature opposes ECIDA’s policies that overregulate private business

11/19/15
Legislator Rath presents donation to Newstead Library, thanks community for support

11/6/15
November 2015 Column - New ECIDA policy focuses too heavily on regulating private business

10/12/15
Newstead Library Fundraiser, Car Seat Safety Check Event set for Saturday, Oct. 24

10/7/15
October 2015 Column - Towns, school districts not receiving fair share of sales tax revenue

10/6/15
Local fire companies thanked for educating community during Fire Prevention Week  

9/29/15
Legislator Rath announces Mobile Office Hours on Oct. 8

9/25/15
Legislator Rath announces free, guided walk at Akron Falls Park

9/21/15
Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event - Sept. 26

9/8/15
Legislator Rath, Rite-Aid to host Free Flu Clinic on Sept. 21 at Clarence Town Hall

9/4/15
Legislator Rath announces free rabies clinic scheduled for Sept. 16 at ECC North

9/2/15
September 2015 Column - Changing of the seasons brings with it budget talks  

8/31/15
Legislator Rath announces replacement of Clarence Center Road Bridge  

8/8/15
August 2015 Column - Minimum wage hike for fast food employees going to cause ripple effect

8/4/15
Legislator Rath honors Salvation Army on 150th anniversary  

8/31/15
Erie County, largest Upstate County in New York, opposes Minimum Wage Board’s Recommendation of $15 for fast food workers

8/31/15
Legislature approves resolution urging County Executive to have open discussion about CPS

8/16/15
Legislator Rath announces funding for improvements to fire training facility

8/15/15
Legislator Rath releases statement on IDA’s new regulatory policy

7/6/15
Legislator Rath's advocacy brings Federal attention to Tonawanda Creek Road collapse

7/2/15
July 2015 Column - Farms feature unique summer activities

6/29/15
Legislator Rath names St. Gregory the Great’s Father Biernat as June’s Citizen of the Month

6/25/15
Legislators disappointed that ECC budget includes tuition hike

6/8/15
Legislator Rath tours Tonawanda Creek Road landslide, requests state & federal aid

6/7/15
Legislator Rath announces Amherst Social Adult Day Program info available at Open House

6/2/15
June 2015 Column - Thriving community college necessary for region’s success

5/26/15
Free Guided Walk in Akron Falls Park on Saturday, May 30

5/6/15
May 2015 Column - Elder Abuse Seminar takes aim at preventing, stopping mistreatment  

5/4/15
Legislator Rath, Sheriff’s Office to host Elder Abuse Seminar to address threats to vulnerable residents

4/30/15
Statement from Legislator Rath regarding vote to oppose Conditional Release program

4/29/15
Legislator Rath reminds residents that Haz Waste Collection Event is Saturday, May 9

4/27/15
Legislator Rath delivers educational art kits to Akron & Clarence middle schools

4/21/15
Legislator Rath support for Common Core Parental Refusal Act

4/17/15
Legislator Rath opposes Governor’s plan to throw more funds into failing Start-Up NY initiative  

4/8/15
Legislature’s Public Safety Chairman releases statement on Sheriff’s Office use of Stingray device

4/2/15
April 2015 Column - Designating existing funds for road work will improve county safety, quality of life

4/1/15
County Legislators, Meals on Wheels kickoff National Volunteer Month  

3/30/15
Legislator Rath discusses Swift Mills Road Bridge issue in letter

3/27/15
Legislator Rath and Clerk Jacobs Propose Plan to Increase Road Funding

3/26/15
County approves resolution requesting NYS to return E-911 surcharge funds  

3/12/15
Erie County opposes Governor’s proposed changes to add unnecessary regulation to IDA process

3/9/15
Legislator Rath honors North Amherst Firefighter for 50 years of service

3/9/15
Legislator Rath announces Pothole Hotline, email  

3/5/15
March 2015 Column - Spring has to come eventually; county must be prepared with road work plan

3/4/15
Legislator Rath explores County’s 911 tracking system to ensure cell phone users can be adequately located  

2/13/15
Legislator Rath honors local Kiwanis Clubs during organization’s 100th anniversary

2/12/15
Legislator Rath calls for preservation of stronger aviation regulations  

2/10/15
Legislators introduce local law to give voters the right to decide on term limits for county officials  

2/5/15
February 2015 Column - ECIDA projects create, retain jobs  

2/5/15
Community Enrichment Committee approves architect to design STEM Building

1/29/15
Legislator Rath honors Clarence Center Firefighters

1/13/15
Legislators request change in state law to require copays for inmates

1/8/15
January 2015 Column - Rising cost of chargeback fees highlights need for new STEM building at North Campus  

1/8/15
Legislator Rath responds to announcement that frivolous ECC lawsuit dismissed  

Press Releases - 2014

12/29/14
ECC celebrates continued success through state’s FASNY tuition reimbursement program  

12/5/14
Legislator Rath announces HEAP Outreaches  

12/4/14
Hearts and Hands receives funding in 2015 budget  

12/4/14
Clarence Youth Bureau funding restored  

12/4/14
Legislator Rath announces funding for Visit Buffalo Niagara

12/2/14
Legislature’s Majority Caucus cuts spending, delivers tax decrease in 2015

12/2/14
Leading by example, Legislature reduces own budget for 2015

11/18/14
Legislator Rath provides update on repairs to North Amherst section of Hopkins Road

11/14/14
Weights and Measures Director appears before committee, refuses to answers questions  

11/7/14
Legislator Rath honors Sheriffs Deputies  

11/5/14
November 2014 Column - Elected officials’ salaries should not be raised

10/30/14
Legislators Rath and Loughran criticize lawsuit brought forward to stop ECC North’s STEM building

10/20/14
Do you agree with the Citizens Salary Review Commission’s recommendation to raise elected officials salaries?

10/15/14
Legislators focus on cutting taxes for 2015 during review of county executive’s proposed budget

10/14/14
Legislator Rath announces Business Forum to discuss how public-private partnerships are critical to growth

9/30/14
Legislator Rath, Rite-Aid to host Flu Clinic on Oct. 20

9/30/14
October 2014 Column - Erie County prioritizing efforts to prevent child and elder abuse

9/19/14
Legislator Rath announces Sept. 27 Pharmaceutical Drug Collection Event

9/15/14
Elder Abuse Outreach to address threats to vulnerable residents

9/10/14
September 2014 Column - Economic development forums encourage collaboration on projects

9/5/14
Erie County, Town of Newstead Complete Historic Land Transfer

8/28/14
Reconstruction of Hopkins Road ahead of schedule  

8/20/15
Legislator Rath honors Clarence’s first place Battle of the Books Team

7/2/14
July 2014 Column - Maintaining accountability in Erie County government

6/4/14
June 2014 Column - County should explore all options to complete additional road work

 5/7/14
May 2014 Column - Majority Caucus improving efficiency within Legislature

5/2/14
Legislator Rath, business leaders to host Economic Development Forum

4/11/14
Legislator Rath announces Hopkins Road repairs to begin April 21

4/8/14
Community Forum April 10 to discuss repairs to Hopkins Road

4/3/14
April 2014 Column - Creating additional taxing district not the answer

3/13/14
Erie County calls for reform to state labor law

3/11/14
March 2014 Column - Review of the 2014 State of the county

2/14/14
Legislator Rath alerts residents to utility worker scam

2/18/14
Legislator Rath collaborates with schools, Air Reserve Station for 4th annual Valentines for Veterans program

2/5/14
February 2014 - Development agency a major tool in recent resurgence

1/24/14
Legislator Rath announces funding approved to begin design work on Goodrich Road

1/6/14
January 2014 Column - Infrastructure maintenance, business forums priorities in 2014

Press Releases - 2013

12/4/13
December 2013 Column - Deferring pension obligation not in the best interest of taxpayers

10/4/13
Legislator Rath to host fundraiser for Clarence Library

10/2/13
October 2013 Column - Support More Caseworkers Instead of More Management

9/20/13
Legislator Rath announces free, guided walk at Akron Falls Park 

9/18/13
Minority Caucus pleased with snowplow contract agreement 

8/20/13
Legislator Rath congratulates Clarence's first place Battle of the Books Team 

7/2/13
July 2013 Column - Investigating Medicaid fraud needs to be a priority of county executive

6/20/13
Legislator Rath names Wilson family Citizens of the Month for June 2013 

6/13/13
Radon Awareness Event - Saturday, June 22 at Clarence Farmers Market 

5/6/13
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off at ECC North on May 18 

5/6/13
May 2013 Column - County to introduce prescription drug collection boxes 

4/29/13
Legislator Rath opposes proposal to consider border crossing fee 

4/3/13
April 2013 Column - Solutions found through communication, notification

3/21/13
Legislator Rath announces funding for deputies to attend critical training program 

3/6/13
March 2013 Column - Changes needed at state, federal level concerning safety

2/19/13
Legislator Rath's Valentines for Veterans program delivers cards to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

2/13/13
Legislator Rath, county responds to safety concern on Goodrich Road

2/12/13
Legislator Rath co-sponsors resolution Opposing NY SAFE Act of 2013

2/11/13
Nominees sought for Legislature's Citizen of the Month Award 

2/6/13
February 2013 Column - Efficiency, reforms will help take control of an out-of-control situation

1/3/13
January 2013 Column - A focus on savings and growth in 2013

Press Releases - 2012

11/7/12
November 2012 Column - County needs to keep property taxes down

10/26/12
Legislator Rath, Cornell Cooperative Extension invite youths, families to 4-H Informational Meeting
 
10/3/12
October 2012 Column - Calling for end to chargeback fees

9/6/12
September 2012 Column - Government should assist businesses

8/30/12
Legislator Rath announces free rabies clinic Sept. 12 at Clarence Highway Garage

8/24/12
Legislator Rath announces FASNY grant available to volunteer firefighters pursing higher education at ECC

8/6/12
August 2012 Column - ‘25 Businesses in 25 Days’ focusing on commerce

7/16/12
Legislator Rath honors Newstead resident for promoting life-saving measures

7/6/12
July 2012 Column - Primary expense unnecessary burden for taxpayers

6/25/12
Legislator Rath honors 2012 Envirothon winners

6/19/12
Cultural funding application available through Legislator Rath’s Office

6/6/12
June 2012 Column - Thruway Authority proposed toll increase would hurt consumers, businesses

5/3/12
May 2012 Column - Addressing issue of expired union contracts

4/27/12
Legislator Rath's Spring 2012 Newsletter

4/26/12
Legislator Rath announces Hazardous Waste Drop-Off at ECC North on May 12

3/21/12
Maple Road reconstruction to reduce wait time, improve air quality

3/19/12
Legislator Rath to mark 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week with Outreach Program

3/8/12
March 2012 Column - Erie County can’t bank on sales tax revenue

2/17/12
Legislator Rath announces passage of law prohibiting cyberbullying in Erie County

2/1/12
January 2012 Column - The good, the bad, and the underfunded

1/13/12
HEAP Outreach will be held Jan. 31 at Amherst Senior Center

1/9/12
Legislator Rath named to Public Safety, Economic Development & Government Affairs committees

1/4/12
January 2012 Column - Erie County begins 2012 with positive news

1/3/12
Legislator Rath's Winter 2011 Newsletter

Press Releases - 2011

12/2/11
November 2011 Column - A successful budget process requires participation from everyone involved

10/26/11
October 2011 Column - Cyber-bullying must not be ignored any longer

10/21/11
Legislator Rath supports funding for critical public safety improvements

08/12/11
Legislators Rath and Walter Remind Residents About Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day

07/27/11
July 2011 Column: Savings are jeopardized by political game play

07/25/11
Legislator Rath applauds creation of statewide adult alert system

07/12/11
Legislator Rath's Summer 2011 Newsletter

07/11/11
Legislator Rath announces ‘Retirement Income Strategies’ to be presented at Senior Center

06/22/11
June 2011 Column - Potential development must be granted exemption

06/22/11
Legislator Rath announces Bicycle Route Guide now available

06/20/11
Erie County Silver Alert System Implemented

05/31/11
May 2011 Column - Investments made in county will be future assets

05/23/11
Legislator Rath announces free rabies clinic will be held May 25

05/23/11
Legislator Rath, UNYTS to host blood drive during Williamsville Farmers Market

05/13/11
Hot Spot Fishing Maps available through Legislator Rath’s office

04/19/11
Legislator Rath announces Erie County to participate in National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day

04/12/11
Legislator Rath's March 2011 Newsletter

04/11/11
Legislator Rath announces availability of second emergency HEAP benefits

03/23/11
Amberst Bee March Column: Auditing practices in Erie County prove insufficient

03/18/11
Legislator Rath honors ECC hockey team, coach on winning National title

03/09/11
Legislator Rath plans District Outreach Meeting for March

03/01/11
County’s Minority Caucus opposes imposing registration fee on bicycles

02/23/11
Legislator Rath announces 2011 Williamsville Winterfest Snow Sculpture Contest Winners

02/23/11
Amherst Bee February Column: There is much to accomplish in local government

02/07/11
Legislator Rath plans February District Outreach Meetings

02/03/11
Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedlings available; orders due March 18

Press Releases - 2010

12/09/10
Legislator Rath announces County news in newsletter

12/06/10
Legislator Rath announces HEAP Outreach will be held Dec. 14 at Amherst Town Hall

11/19/10
Legislature honors Sheriff Deputy for efforts to combat human trafficking

11/05/10
Local law to create Erie County Silver Alert System approved

11/04/10
Budget needs to reduce spending, hold line on taxes

10/15/10
Legislature accepts grant for Libraries to install self checkout system, improve efficiency

09/21/10
Legislator Rath proposes local law to create 'Erie County Silver Alert System'

09/13/10
Legislator Rath announces Electronic Recycling Day will be held Sept. 18

09/03/10
Legislator Rath announces new Bicycle Route Guide now available

08/27/10
Legislator Rath partners with UNYTS to host blood drive

08/05/10
Amherst Bee Column - District outreach meetings provide further accessibility

07/27/10
Legislator Rath announces Outreach Meeting schedule for August

07/27/10
Legislator Rath announces grant will assist volunteer firefighters with recruitment

07/02/10
Legislator Rath reminds residents of July Outreach Meetings

06/21/10
Legislator Rath outlines plan to reopen portion of Hopkins Road

05/25/10
Legislator Rath plans District Outreach Meetings in June

05/21/10
Amber Alerts to appear on all County owned cell phones, Republican Caucus proudly supports action

05/05/10
Passports Outreach

04/28/10
Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day set for May 8

04/28/10
Legislator Rath secures funding for Erie County Fire Training Academy

04/26/10
Legislator Rath adds evening hours to Outreach Meetings schedule

04/20/10
Legislator Rath arranges for donation of treadmills to Williamsville Fire Department

04/07/10
Legislator Rath announces Unwanted Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Day

04/05/10
Legislator Rath announces meeting to discuss plan for repairing Hopkins Road

04/05/10
Legislator Rath announces opportunity to file taxes for free

03/15/10
Residents invited to bring concerns to Legislator Rath during outreach meetings

03/15/10
Republican Caucus applauds County Executive's efforts, plans for $44 million surplus

02/24/10
Closing of District Offices Will Save Taxpayers Money

Press Releases - 2009

12/01/09
Legislative Republican Caucus Opposes Passage of Budget Amendments in 2010 Budget

10/19/09
LEGISLATOR RATH AND COUNCILMAN WEINSTEIN ANNOUNCE RECIEPT OF FUNDS FOR RE-CONSTRUCTION OF MAPLE ROAD

10/02/09
ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATURE'S MINORITY CAUCUS COMMENTS ON 2010 PROPOSED BUDGET

09/10/09
Legislative Republican Caucus Votes to Sustain County Executive's Veto of Local Law

09/08/09
Erie County Legislature Demands Equal Funding for Road and Bridge Projects From State

08/06/09
Rath Announces "Passports on the Move" coming to Amherst

08/04/09
Ed Rath Announces Greater Buffalo/Niagara Bicycle Route Maps Available

07/24/09
LEGISLATORS RATH AND WALTER SPEAK OUT AGAINST LEGISLATURE'S MOVE TO INCREASE COSTS TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

06/09/09
THREE ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATORS SEEK TO DOWNSIZE LEGISLATURE AND CREATE TERM LIMITS

06/03/09
THREE ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATORS APPLAUD ECFSA VOTE TO REVERT TO ADVISORY STATUS

04/24/09
LEGISLATOR RATH SUPPORTS REMOVAL OF VEHICLE USE TAX

04/03/09
ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATURE MINORITY CAUCUS OPPOSES "CARD CHECK" LAW

04/02/09
THREE ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST PROPOSED 2009 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

03/31/09
THREE ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST PROPOSED 2009 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

03/11/09
LEGISLATOR URGES PASSING OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM PROTECTION BILL

03/10/09
LEGISLATURE MINORITY CAUCUS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE DISCUSSING OVER $7 MILLION OWED ERIE COUNTY

02/17/09
CHANGE IN DEADLINE FOR FILING FOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

02/09/09
LEGISLATOR RATH TRAVELS TO ALBANY TO DEMAND STAR REFORM

02/04/09
ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATURE MINORITY CAUCUS ANNOUNCES "FAIR DEAL FOR ERIE COUNTY TAXPAYERS"

Press Releases - 2008

12/01/08
Erie County Legislature Minority Caucus Announces Property Tax Cut Plan

10/06/08
Legislators Call on Erie County to Borrow for Capital Projects

10/01/08
LEGISLATORS MILLS AND RATH CALL ON STATE TO REJECT PROPOSAL TO MOVE VITAL RECORD REGISTRAR TO COUNTY

07/18/08
Legislators Support Reducing Legislature from 15 to 9

02/25/08
Rath Fights Against the Exploitation of Children on the Internet

Resolutions

Resolutions:

Legislator Rath demands implementation of performance based budgeting

Legislator Rath seeks to stop the exploitation of children via the Internet

Legislator Rath co-sponsors resolution to save taxpayer money by utilizing GPS technology