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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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June 2017 Column - County seeks input from experts on how to combat opioid/heroin epidemic

The Erie County Legislature has dedicated several discussions recently to analyzing the opioid and heroin epidemic that continues to impact our region. Halfway through the year, we are seeing a devastating number of deaths, many coming in short periods of time from highly potent or “bad” batches of heroin. Despite the investments already made by Erie County, New York State and private agencies, we are seeing the death rate increase, instead of decrease, and we are seeing this epidemic take the lives of residents in every part of the county.

Salt Road Bridge replacement to close portion of road until September

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath announces that the bridge on Salt Road near Delaware Road is being replaced with work starting on Monday, May 22. Through traffic will not be allowed from Lapp Road to Rapids Road. Detours will be posted. The closure is expected to be in place until Sept. 30, 2017. 

Erie County to collect hazardous waste materials on June 3 & August 5

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath reminds residents that the county hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days every spring.

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.