SCHOENEMAN URGES LEGISLATURE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON WATER MAIN BREAK THAT LEFT 100,000 WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO WATER

10th District candidate calls for ECWA to answer to taxpayers amid latest failure

 ERIE COUNTY, NY – Today, Michelle Schoeneman, candidate for the Erie County Legislature’s 10th District, officially clocked in a letter to the Erie County Legislature urging the body’s leadership to exercise its oversight duty and hold a public hearing regarding the latest water main break that has left 100,000 Erie County residents with limited access to water.

“The Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) must be held accountable and answer to the ratepayers of this County that fund the authority’s $90 million budget. This water main break is just another incident in a long line of examples where the ECWA has failed the public. Just over a year ago another water main break in Amherst left 200,000 residents with a limited water supply. Despite having a mostly publicly funded budget and being charged with providing the residents of the County with access to clean water the ECWA has consistently skirted public oversight as reported by many news outlets over the past few years,” said Schoeneman in her letter to the Legislature.

Despite its large budget and six figure salaried employees the ECWA has failed to properly address the water infrastructure issues that have plagued the County and have led to the numerous water main issues over the past several years.

Schoeneman added, “The members of this community will no longer tolerate the lack of oversight and public accountability by the ECWA. I urge the County Legislature to use its subpoena power, if necessary, to bring the leadership of the ECWA to Old County Hall to answer for their failures on this issue and others at a public hearing.”

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August 11, 2017

Honorable John J. Mills

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

RE: Public Hearing on Erie County Water Authority

Dear Chairman Mills,

I write to you today urging the Erie County Legislature to hold a public hearing, despite being in recess for the month of August, on the million dollar water main break at the Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant that will leave over 100,000 of County residents in the Southtowns with limited access to water for more than 10 days.

The Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) must be held accountable and answer to the ratepayers of this County that fund the authority’s $90 million budget. This water main break is just another incident in a long line of examples where the ECWA has failed the public. Just over a year ago another water main break in Amherst left 200,000 residents with a limited water supply. Despite having a mostly publicly funded budget and being charged with providing the residents of the County with access to clean water the ECWA has consistently skirted public oversight as reported by many news outlets over the past few years.

The members of this community will no longer tolerate the lack of oversight and public accountability by the ECWA. I urge the County Legislature to use its subpoena power, if necessary, to bring the leadership of the ECWA to Old County Hall to answer for their failures on this issue and others at a public hearing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michelle Schoeneman