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Edward A. Rath III

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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

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November 2015 Column - New ECIDA policy focuses too heavily on regulating private business

New York State has held the title of one of the least business-friendly states in the nation for far too long. Here in Erie County, my colleagues and I in the Legislature have repeatedly called out state leaders for overregulating and archaic policies – which continuously burden our businesses. We have advocated for state-wide change, frustrated that NYS isn’t concerned about Western New York’s needs.

Newstead Library Fundraiser, Car Seat Safety Check Event set for Saturday, Oct. 24

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath, III will host a Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser to benefit the Newstead Library from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the front entrance of the library, 33 Main St., Akron.

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

Back in 1977 Erie County and the county’s three cities created an agreement on how to distribute sales tax to municipalities. However, 38 years later that plan doesn’t mirror Erie County’s current dynamics. Since 1977, the region’s population has shifted and suburbs house a larger percentage of the population than they did nearly four decades ago. As such, the towns are not receiving their fair share of the sales tax revenue because of an outdated formula. 

Local fire companies thanked for educating community during Fire Prevention Week

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath, III honored the Akron Fire Company on Oct. 5 during Fire Prevention Week 2015. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the department were Fire Warden/ Fire Prevention and Public Educator Ken Pagels and Recording Secretary Keith Hochreiter. During his remarks, Legislator Rath recognized the firefighters for being on call 24/7, 365 days a year and for sacrificing their time and safety to keep others safe. 

Legislator Rath announces Mobile Office Hours on Oct. 8

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath’s office will host a Mobile Office Hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence, to meet with residents to discuss County issues and share information from the Legislature.