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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

August 2017 Column - Installing turbines near Air Reserve Station puts region at risk

The Erie County Legislature held our final session before recess on July 27 and dealt with an issue that is important to our entire region but many of you may not be aware of. My colleagues unanimously approved a resolution that I sponsored in support of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. We are asking New York State to request a formal review by the Department of Defense related to a proposal by APEX Clean Energy to construct 70 wind turbines along the shores of Lake Ontario that would potentially reach 600 feet high. The proposal is concerning due to its proximity to the air base, and as such the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC) has expressed its opposition.

Legislator Rath announces Hazardous Waste Drop Off event

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III reminds residents that the Erie County Hazardous Waste Drop Off in the northtowns will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the ECC North Campus in Williamsville (enter from Wehrle Drive).

July 2017 Column - Albany gamesmanship going way too far as $279 million for Erie County was put at risk

As Albany got closer and closer to the end of its 2017 session without approving extremely important homerule requests from 53 counties, local discussions turned from, “they really wouldn’t end session without approval;” to “I can’t believe they are going to actually end session without approval.” What had always been a routine vote was turned into a bargaining chip. Critical sales tax extenders became attached to another unrelated matter - all to leverage votes. Unfortunately, at stake for Erie County was $279 million of annual revenue. 

Albany gamesmanship going way too far as $279 million for Erie County was put at risk

As Albany got closer and closer to the end of its 2017 session without approving extremely important homerule requests from 53 counties, local discussions turned from, “they really wouldn’t end session without approval;” to “I can’t believe they are going to actually end session without approval.” What had always been a routine vote was turned into a bargaining chip. Critical sales tax extenders became attached to another unrelated matter - all to leverage votes. Unfortunately, at stake for Erie County was $279 million of annual revenue. 

Legislator Rath names Daniel Herberger as June’s Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is pleased to announce that Clarence resident Daniel Herberger, former town supervisor and longtime member of the Swormville Fire Company, has been named the June 2017 Citizen of the Month. Mr. Herberger, joined by his wife, Rosemary, was recognized at the June 22, 2017 legislative session and honored with a proclamation highlighting his contributions to Erie County.