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Edward A. Rath III

Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Phone: (716) 858-8676
Fax: (716) 858-8818
Edward.Rath@erie.gov

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July 2017 Column - Albany gamesmanship going way too far as $279 million for Erie County was put at risk

As Albany got closer and closer to the end of its 2017 session without approving extremely important homerule requests from 53 counties, local discussions turned from, “they really wouldn’t end session without approval;” to “I can’t believe they are going to actually end session without approval.” What had always been a routine vote was turned into a bargaining chip. Critical sales tax extenders became attached to another unrelated matter - all to leverage votes. Unfortunately, at stake for Erie County was $279 million of annual revenue. 

Albany gamesmanship going way too far as $279 million for Erie County was put at risk

As Albany got closer and closer to the end of its 2017 session without approving extremely important homerule requests from 53 counties, local discussions turned from, “they really wouldn’t end session without approval;” to “I can’t believe they are going to actually end session without approval.” What had always been a routine vote was turned into a bargaining chip. Critical sales tax extenders became attached to another unrelated matter - all to leverage votes. Unfortunately, at stake for Erie County was $279 million of annual revenue. 

Legislator Rath names Daniel Herberger as June’s Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is pleased to announce that Clarence resident Daniel Herberger, former town supervisor and longtime member of the Swormville Fire Company, has been named the June 2017 Citizen of the Month. Mr. Herberger, joined by his wife, Rosemary, was recognized at the June 22, 2017 legislative session and honored with a proclamation highlighting his contributions to Erie County.

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.