Modified: April 1, 2021 11:27am
April is “National County Government Month”, an opportunity for counties across the country to promote the programs and services they offer to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of residents. Erie County is one of over 3,000 counties nationwide joining the National Association of Counties (“NACo”) throughout the month to spotlight and celebrate the critical role county governments play in the lives of residents. This year’s theme, “Counties Matter”, provides an opportunity to educate residents on county programs, responsibilities, and services, especially as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Counties matter and National County Government Month is a terrific way for residents to learn more about the many roles and jobs of Erie County government as well as how the three branches of government work together. While the COVID-19 pandemic starkly demonstrated the need for a robust and effective county public health response, a county’s responsibilities extend far beyond that,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Maintaining road and bridge infrastructure, providing programs and services for seniors, children, and veterans, and preserving our 10,000-acre Parks system are just a few of the ways that Erie County government serves residents. April is the month to explore and find out more.”
The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) has been at the forefront of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with community partners countywide to test for, identify, track, and vaccinate against the virus while also continuing the Department’s many other responsibilities, ranging from food safety inspections at restaurants to conducting lead inspections in housing. ECDOH is joined by several other county departments in response to COVID-19 as part of a comprehensive county approach to address the pandemic.
National County Government month also assists counties in promoting information that residents may not know about but should. In addition to vital public health messages, this can include programming and advocacy for minorities and disabled individuals, disseminating important information during emergencies, and assisting minority- and women-owned businesses.
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On NACo and National County Government Month, click here
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