What’s Happening At The Erie County Legislature?
by Paul Wolf - posted 1:38 am, May 14, 2014
Research that I did regarding the lack of substance taking place at the Erie County Legislature was recently featured by Investigative Post on Channel 2 News. A look at last weeks Legislature meeting proves the point.
Twenty two resolutions were prepared by legislative staff members honoring various people and organizations. While these are nice gestures, the real purpose behind these items is to make friends and obtain votes for the next election.
Two proposed local laws were tabled which is what usually happens with them. One local law was actually passed which is a rare occurrence.
Nine resolutions of some substance were filed and three of these simply expressed support for an organization or issue. One resolution was to give “surplus” county furniture consisting of several tables, desks and cabinets to a community organization. Several individuals were appointed to the Erie County Citizens Budget Review Commission.
At least some debate and discussion took place regarding whether an additional $5 million should be spent on repairing county roads.
Most items on the agenda consist of letters from departments that are simply received and filed with no action taken.
This is pretty much the story, meeting after meeting.
It seems to me we should be able to downsize the current 11 members to 5 without a problem. Better yet do we really need county government when 90% of its $1 billion budget is mandated by the state?