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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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February 2015 Column - ECIDA projects create, retain jobs

I recently completed my first year on the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, a year that included a lot of exciting projects and reform within the ECIDA. The ECIDA’s partnership with local businesses is critical to Western New York’s economic development. In addition to the tax incentive programs often related to the IDA, I continue to advocate for new policies for local businesses to help them expand and thrive here in Erie County.

Community Enrichment Committee approves architect to design STEM Building

The Erie County Legislature’s Community Enrichment Committee approved the contract to hire the architect to design the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Building at Erie Community College’s North Campus. Committee Chairman Kevin Hardwick and Vice Chairman Edward Rath announced the approval of Kideney Architects following the Thursday, February 05, 2015 meeting.

Legislator Rath honors Clarence Center Firefighters

On Saturday, Jan. 24, Erie County Legislator Edward Rath presented a proclamation to Dale Honsberger, a 65-year member of the Clarence Center Fire Company. Mr. Honsberger was honored during the annual installation dinner. A proclamation was also presented to 50-year member Arlington Smith. 

Legislators request change in state law to require copays for inmates

Legislator Edward Rath and Legislator Joseph Lorigo have introduced a resolution to the Erie County Legislature that requests New York State approve legislation that would require inmates to pay a copay for healthcare they receive while incarcerated. Without state approval, Erie County is not able to impose this charge, which would save tax dollars.

January 2015 Column - Rising cost of chargeback fees highlights need for new STEM building at North Campus

When an Erie County resident chooses to attend a community college in a neighboring county, say Niagara or Genesee, Erie County receives a bill at the end of the year for chargeback fees. That amount has risen significantly over the years, totaling $5.4 million for 2012-2013. These are Erie County tax dollars that are directly going to other counties.