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Erie County Legislator Erie County Legislative District 4

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    Kevin Hardwick (REP, WF, IND, RFM) Canisius College Professor/Erie County Legislator

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How can we deal most effectively with the opioid problem and the need for additional funding to do so?

Infrastructure needs. All legislators complain about needed road repairs, improvements. What are your priorities related to infrastructure needs and why did you select these priorities?

What measures do you support to ensure that our water supply is safe and reliable?

What is the most important issue facing Erie County in the next two years and why is it the most important issue?

How can Erie County better address state-mandated Medicaid payments to lessen the burden on county taxpayers?

Education Ph.D. in Political Science from SUNY-Binghamton, 1988
Experience and Qualifications Member of Susquehanna Valley Board of Education, 1975-78 Town of Binghamton Councilman, 1979-1986 City of Tonawanda Councilmember, 1996-2001 Administrative Assistant to Majority Leader of New York State Senate, 1986-88
Key Endorsements WNY Area Labor Federation, AFSCME, CWA, UAW, IBEW, ECC Faculty Federation
Campaign Web Site http://www.kevinhardwick.com
Erie County is pouring millions of dollars into the fight against this plague. I am willing to spend more. We must continue to fund promising efforts to educate the public about opioid abuse and help addicts find their way to recovery. In so doing, though, we must distinguish between programs that work and those that fall short. Toward this end, I have pushed for continuous evaluation of our efforts.
I have focused on county roads in my district. In many ways, the county highway system has still not fully recovered from cuts resulting from the 2005 Red/Green Budget fiasco. I have arranged regular meetings between the County DPW and town officials in Tonawanda and Grand Island. The cooperation resulting from these meetings has led to a marked improvement of county roads in these towns.
One of the biggest threats to our water supply is insufficient or non-existent infrastructure to properly handle wastewater. The state must step up to provide more funding for needed improvements, as municipalities continue their struggle to stay under the tax cap imposed by the state. I also favor continuation of our efforts to keep pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by encouraging citizens to properly dispose of unused medications.
We must make certain that Erie Community College succeeds in its mission to provide quality education and training to those who might not receive it otherwise. Education is the surest path out of poverty and ECC has the potential to become a superhighway. Giving ECC the tools it needs will also keep students from attending other counties’ community colleges. This will go a long way towards reducing the onerous chargebacks we receive from other counties which are added to our property tax bills.
The best way is to attract new, good-paying jobs to the county. This will reduce the number of people on Medicaid. It will also ease pressure on other social programs and eventually generate more tax revenue.
Education associates degree - computer programming
Experience and Qualifications PEF union steward and WNY Peace Center member
Hire qualified civil servants through the merit system (civil service exams) to help treat those in need. A countywide progressive income tax would help fund this.
A countywide progressive income tax would help free up additional funds for needed road improvements.
Our water is one of our most precious resources. It should be managed by qualified civil servants hired through the merit system (civil service exams), not the political hacks at the ECWA.
The legislature should pass living wage legislation, a minimum wage of $20 an hour. It's important because our working women and men need help making ends meet.

Also, please vote NO on the proposition regarding the NYS constitutional convention !!!

Note: I support the Town of Tonawanda Hourly Employees (HEATT) in their quest for a decent, long-overdue contract !!!

Implement a countywide progressive income tax to help reduce property taxes thereby relieving the burden on our senior citizens and those on fixed incomes.

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