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Erie County Legislator Erie County Legislative District 5

  • Ruben Cartagena JR (GRN)

  • Thomas A. Loughran (DEM, WF, WEP) Legislator

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    Guy Marlette (REP, CON, IND, RFM) Vice President

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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?

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Education St Peter and Paul Williamsville HS University at Buffalo, BA Political Science
Experience and Qualifications 7 years Amherst Planning Board 2 years on the Amherst Town Board 12 Years in the Erie County Legislature 39 years as a small business owner
Key Endorsements Democratic, Working Families, Women's Equality Party
I am committed to and presently working on a collaborative effort to address the opioid problem. We need a comprehensive approach which includes prevention, treatment and law enforcement. To be successful, this problem will require considerable resources from both the state and federal governments.
It is essential to the future of Erie County that roads and bridges meet the highest government standards in order to assure public safety and to stimulate economic growth.
The Erie County Legislature must maintain an intensive oversight of the Erie County Water Authority. I am supporting a reform measure to establish professional credentials for the executive office of the Erie County Water Authority.
Sound fiscal management is the most important issue. In order to promote economic growth it is necessary to have stable government, which means holding the line on taxes and providing quality government services.
We must focus on bringing about administrative efficiencies and should avoid shifting of the local share of Medicaid from one local tax base to another local tax base.
Education Associates Degree in Data Processing Technology; Certified Network Instructor, Certified Network Engineer, Numerous Professional Certifications from Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aruba, Intel, & Microsoft.
Experience and Qualifications Amherst Town Councilman - 2008 - 2015, Amherst Deputy Supervisor - 2010-2015, Past President Amherst South Rotary, Past President of the Amherst Drug Court Foundation, President Hope Center Executive Board, Member of Amherst Zonta Club, Director Amherst Youth Foundation, Member of the Jolly Boys, Member Eggertsville Community Organization.
Key Endorsements Conservative Republican Independence Reform
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Erie County has significantly increased funding and dozens of public meetings have taken place. We must maintain an aggressive public education campaign and aggressively pursue additional federal and state dollars. An opioid working group to engage the community and medical professionals that would regularly update county officials and recommend best practices. This effort should focus on working with the doctors, giving parents and families more resources to better assist those in need.
Erie County has significant infrastructure needs. My primary focus is insuring that every community receives it fair share of infrastructure spending. Despite being Erie County’s largest municipality, far too often Amherst’s roads have been shortchanged. Also if the county has a budget surplus, it should be dedicated to capital improvements or used to reduce taxes.
Unfortunately, the County’s water infrastructure is extremely outdated. I would aggressively pursue any state and federal funding available to improve and upgrade our water infrastructure. The county should also work with the water authority to develop an infrastructure master plan and to ensure that water infrastructure improvements are considered as part of any scheduled capital project.
Taxes and spending remains Erie County’s most important issue the next two years. As NYS continues to impose unfunded mandates on county taxpayers, it is critical that the county does its part to keep taxes low and budget responsibly. Unfortunately, the county relies too greatly on borrowing. Last year, the legislature agreed to borrow over $100M, without requiring a detailed spending plan. Erie County must have a responsible budget with a focus on reducing debt and maintaining services.
Erie County must prioritize fiscally sound budgeting and ensure that county government is operating efficiently. The legislature should also demand strict accountability to any entity that receives discretionary spending. In addition, Erie County leaders should be more outspoken regarding state legislation that would negatively impact them. logo


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