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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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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.

March 2017 Column - Residents living near ‘Zombie Properties’ should see improvements

My office recently participated in a conference to discuss New York State’s Foreclosure Relief Act and how it can remove “Zombie Properties” from your neighborhood. There isn’t a single community in Western New York that is immune to this vacant house problem and that is why towns, the county and state are combining resources to address this issue.

February 2017 Column - Addressing high state taxes begins with unfunded mandates

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a lot of big ideas. Some of these ideas would be incredible for our region, including the extension of light rail into Amherst. However, we first need to address how to pay for our current obligations before planning new investment ideas. Most importantly the state and its counties need to address how to pay for all the programs mandated by the state. These unfunded mandates from Albany decimate our budget and we have had to financially plan without any meaningful relief in years. Now the Governor’s recommends that counties consolidate services to cut these costs. Sorry but that’s a day late and a dollar short because it will not help this out of control problem.