david shenk

Erie County Department of Senior Services

From mental health issues to fiscal benefits, it's usually better for seniors to stay in their homes instead of going to nursing facilities.  A program called EISEP looks to help by paying a modest wage to individuals who can assist seniors with certain in-home needs.

WBFO file photo/Michael Mroziak

This holiday weekend, ceremonies will be held throughout Western New York, from parades to the more solemn remembrances of those who died while in military service for the United States. While there's no shortage of events, there is a growing challenge to staff one of the most important elements of Memorial Day gatherings: the color guard.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Sales tax revenue in Erie County is on the rise. 

Comptroller David Shenk says revenue was up more than 4-percent in October, compared to one year ago.  And for the first ten months of the year, sales tax revenue was up by nearly 9-million dollars over last year.  Shenk says while revenues look promising, maintaining revenue growth is a concern. 

Sales tax revenue is the single-greatest source of revenue for the county.

Audit will review Erie County Water Authority

Sep 25, 2012

The Erie County Water Authority is taking center stage in the race for county comptroller. 

Monday,  Democratic County Comptroller David Shenk said his office will conduct an audit of the authority.

Shenk's Republican opponent, Stefan Mychajilw, held a news conference Sunday where he blamed Shenk for failing to catch two recent water authority hires that appeared to be patronage jobs. 

"Keep in mind, I'm not doing this because of the political issue. I'm doing it because it's long overdue," Shenk told WBFO and AM970 News.

Erie County's fiscal watchdog became official yesterday, as David Shenk was sworn in as county comptroller, filling a spot left vacant when Mark Poloncarz became county executive.

The new comptroller faces a grueling schedule of running the office and facing up to four primary and general elections between now and the end of next year.

The vote this year is for the final year of Poloncarz' term;  the vote next year is on a full four-year term.

Shenk says he has spent his life in public service.