Betty Jean Grant - District 7
APRIL 27, 2008
COUNTY LEGISLATURE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES CAPITAL BORROWING FOR MORE THAN $100 MILLION IN PROJECTS
The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved more than $100 million in capital borrowing for projects for 2007, 2008 and 2009 at its April 23 session.
The County Legislature approved a deal with the County Executive and the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority to fund capital projects for the three years. The capital projects in the previous years had been delayed while the County Legislature, County Executive and control board worked to reach an agreement.
"I am proud that the County Legislature voted to approve these capital projects, which will address a wide range of necessary work projects and improve the county's infrastructure," County Legislature Chair Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) said. "The work includes such important projects as the Buffalo Zoo, replacing the roof at the Erie County Holding Center, bridge and road repair and reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center."
Other vital projects which the County Legislature approved funding for include the master plan and rehabilitation of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, the rehabilitation of Ralph Wilson Stadium, code and environmental compliance, fire alarm and security improvements, FEMA projects, equipment, repair and renovations at Erie Community College facilities and countywide parks improvements.
"These projects will allow the county to deliver more services in more efficient and effective manners, as well as improve travel conditions for business people and residents to improve their quality of life," Legislator Marinelli added. "I am glad that the parties worked together to find a way to fund these capital projects, which our taxpayers and residents have requested."
"It has been a year and a half since this administration took over. I'm happy that we finally resolved the deadlock in borrowing much needed funds for capital improvements," County Legislator Kathy Konst (D-Lancaster, Elma), chair of the Finance and Management Committee, said. "It is important that the County pays its bills and address critical infrastructure needs."
"I am excited that after nearly two years, Erie County is finally moving forward with much needed capital borrowing," County Legislature Majority Maria R. Whyte (D-Buffalo) said. "All branches of government had to come together to make this possible, including the executive, the comptroller, the Legislature and the ECFSA, and all should be applauded."
County Legislators Robert B. Reynolds Jr. (D-Hamburg, Evans) and Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo, 7th District) were commended for their work on the issue as members of the Finance and Management Committee, Legislator Reynolds serving as the committee's vice chair. This included a lengthy committee meeting several days before the full Legislature vote.
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