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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

May 2016 Column - Deficits in Four Year Plan should not be closed with tax increase

The County Executive’s 2017-2020 Revised Erie County Four Year Financial Plan has our Legislature Majority Caucus questioning its financial decision-making ideas. Based on this proposed plan, submitted in mid-April, we are heading toward a deficit in each year. As such I suggest the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) reject this incomplete plan. Furthermore, and most importantly, any changes cannot include a tax increase for residents.

Legislator Rath announces local businesses needed for County’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath announces that Erie County is seeking local businesses to participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), coordinated through the Department of Social Services. Through this partnership, businesses provide work assignments and guidance to youths, who are paid through the agency that runs SYEP.

April 2017 Column - HELP grant has increased fire companies’ membership at critical time

Back in 2012, I worked with volunteer firefighters and the Firefighters Association of the State of New York, known as FASNY, to get Erie County included in the HELP (Higher Education Learning Plan) grant, which was paid for with federal dollars. This is an important partnership for many reasons but now a lack of FEMA funding has threatened this program.

Erie County Legislators support Rep. Collins’ proposal to eliminate $200M Medicaid burden for county

The Erie County Legislature has approved a resolution in support of an amendment to the federal health care bill that would require that New York State pay the total cost of Medicaid. This would relieve Erie County of approximately $200 million each year. NYS is one of only a few states to pass Medicaid costs onto counties, resulting in a heavy burden for county taxpayers.

Legislators approve resolution requesting meeting with ECFSA Board to review $100 million borrowing plan

Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.