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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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July 2016 Column - Highlights from the Charter review process, final say should rest with residents

Proposed changes to Erie County’s Charter are one step closer to becoming reality. The Legislature voted on the Charter Review Commission’s proposed changes on June 23 with the vast majority receiving strong support.

Legislator Rath to host Clarence Library Fundraiser to benefit new Children’s reading Garden

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath, III will host a Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser to benefit the Clarence Public Library’s ongoing efforts to create a Children’s Reading Garden. The Library’s goal for the garden is to create a serene, peaceful place for children to develop a lifelong interest and passion for nature and to encourage the love of reading.    

Legislator Rath names E. Peter Forrestel II as June’s Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is pleased to announce that Akron resident E. Peter Forrestel II, President of Bank of Akron, has been named the June 2016 Citizen of the Month. Mr. Forrestel was recognized at the June 23, 2016 session and honored with a proclamation highlighting his contributions to Erie County.

June 2016 Column - Charter Revision Commission recommendations

The Erie County Charter Revision Commission has made 56 recommendations that address everything from ethics reform to supporting a diversified applicant pool to how the next Legislature district map will be drawn.

May 2016 Column - Budgeting requires practical decision making – not wishful thinking

As the saying goes, “there is more than meets the eye.” Lately, the Erie County Legislature has been handling a large number of unbalanced spending proposals including lead and opiate initiatives that have been pushed on the Legislature without any notion of how to fund these programs for the long term.  The County Executive has been relentless in his message to the media and residents that the Legislature doesn’t share his commitment to these issues. That is completely untrue.  It’s taken the County Executive years to propose these new plans, while we have continuously funded existing programs. In 2016 Mr. Poloncarz also left out a crucial detail, how will this be paid for?