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Edward A. Rath III

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92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Phone: (716) 858-8676
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November 2016 Column - ECIDA’s role isn’t to be a landlord, focus needs to stay on business development

For the past few years, some members of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency have been far too interested in overreaching policies, diverging from the central mission of the ECIDA. Several ECIDA board members and I have even begun referring to these misdirected proposals as “mission-creep.”

October 2016 Column - Without snowplow contract, drivers at serious risk - towns and county must agree to terms sooner than later

After the summer we have had, I hate to do it, but I need to report on snow in this month’s column. More so, the snowplow contract between towns and the county to ensure that all county roads are plowed efficiently during winter. For many years now, towns have been paid by the county to plow county roads using town equipment. Due to the extensive number of lane miles the county is responsible for, it would be impossible to keep all county roadways clear during snowfall. This agreement, although not without issues, has worked well in the past.

Legislator Rath partners with Rite-Aid for Community Flu Clinic

Legislator Edward Rath is partnering with local Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations to offer a Community Flu Clinic to residents who wish to vaccinate against influenza. Each year, the County Department of Health advises residents to get a flu vaccine. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Legislators Dixon and Rath join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Erie County Legislators Lynne Dixon and Edward Rath attended Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Delaware Park, honoring the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY and all involved with fighting this terrible disease. On behalf of the Erie County Legislature, Legislators Dixon and Rath presented WNY Chapter Executive Director Leilani Pelletier with a proclamation at the walk.

September 2016 Column - Issues with county roadways go much deeper than potholes

On June 28 we learned that New York State was providing towns and counties with state funding for roads through PAVE NY. I may not agree with our Governor often, but I agree with him on this issue when he stated in his announcement: “PAVE NY funds strategic investments in local roadways, helping ensure roadways across the state are in good repair, remain reliable for motorists and able to help foster regional economic growth for years to come.” In Erie County we must prioritize our investment in our infrastructure. It is the foundation of everything else we do in this community.