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Couresty of the Erie County Water Authority

The Erie County Water Authority has a new executive director with the naming of Russell Stoll to the post, effective immediately.

A special vote is taking place in the Town of Aurora Tuesday. Residents will be deciding whether to transfer their water districts to the Erie County Water Authority.

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A lot of people in Erie County are interested in the Erie County Water Authority. They get their water from the system, which covers much of the county. The authority is also a long-controversial source of political patronage, essentially its entire half-century. It brought more attention to itself with a recent full-page ad in the Buffalo News.

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The annual struggle over who will serve on the board of the political patronage-riddled Erie County Water Authority continues, after an Erie County Legislature committee interviewed the two candidates for a three-year term on the board.

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The Erie County Water Authority is again in the market for an executive director after H. John Mye III quit his new post, citing "unforeseen personal matters."

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After spending several months conducting a nationwide search for candidates, the Erie County Water Authority has hired H. John Mye III as its new executive director.

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The Erie County Water Authority has approved a budget for 2019 that includes a "modest" water rate increase and $41.3 million worth of system-wide infrastructure upgrades.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Months after the organization was harshly criticized by a state report for its administrative operations, leaders from the Erie County Water Authority went before a county legislature committee to offer an update on efforts to change its internal culture.

Erie County Water Authority selects new PR provider

Aug 16, 2018
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The Erie County Water Authority, at its Thursday board meeting, approved a new three-year agreement by which E3 Communications will manage public relations for the entity. The firm, which had previously served the Authority in a similar role, replaces the provider which parted ways with the Authority following a shift in political majority on its board.


He was appointed in late July to sit on a board for an organization harshly criticized in a state report earlier this year. E. Thomas Jones attended his first Erie County Water Authority board meeting Thursday. He and his colleagues say they're taking steps to improve transparency. Jones would like that to include moving meeting out where customers have an easier time attending them.


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The Erie County Legislature voted 10-1 Thursday to appoint former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones to the Erie County Water Authority board. Jones, a Republican, is the third Amherst attorney to be on the three-member board. Meanwhile, five lawmakers failed - by one vote - to fire ECWA Board Chairman Jerome Schad.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday gave Water Authority chairman Jerome Schad two choices: accept the recommendation that he quit or wait out the ten days until legislators can fire him.

Julianna Sebastian, WBFO

Two Erie County lawmakers announced Tuesday a proposed resolution calling for the resignation or removal of the last remaining commissioner from the Erie County Water Authority who served during a period of time sharply criticized in a recently-released state report.

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The Erie County Water Authority board of commissioners has voted to fire Executive Director Earl Jann, after determining the terms of Jann's contract to be void.

New York State Authorities Budget Office

The state body that reviews public authorities has censured Erie County Water Authority commissioners who served during 2016 and 2017. It is also recommending that any commissioner who served then and still remains on the board be replaced by the County Legislature.

The Erie County Water Authority got a surprise Thursday. Republican Commissioner Karl Simmeth submitted his resignation letter just past a year into his three-year term.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County lawmakers have approved the selection of Mark Carney as a new commissioner for the Erie County Water Authority. All voted in favor but one lawmaker who wanted instead to put the process on hold.


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The chairman of the Erie County Legislature's Government Affairs Committee was hoping to hear directly from ECWA leaders Thursday and provide answers to questions including what some deem a "golden parachute" in the contract of its executive director. ECWA leaders, citing a "scheduling conflict," did not show up for Thursday's committee meeting.


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After dealing with nearly 1,500 leaks in its system in 2015, the Erie County Water Authority decided to get serious. It has made progress, but much more needs to be done.

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Golden parachutes for political appointees would be banned under legislation proposed by Assemblymember Monica Wallace.

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Remember that Erie County Water Authority leak at its Sturgeon Point treatment plant last August, which left the Southtowns with severe water problems? The final touches on the repair were finally done last week.

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The Erie County Water Authority is issuing a warning to its customers.

Southtowns water restrictions lifted

Aug 14, 2017
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The Erie County Water Authority has lifted the temporary water restrictions for the Southtowns they put in place while repairing a major water main break at their Sturgeon Point treatment plant, calling it the most difficult repair in the ECWA's 68-year history.

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The Erie County Water Authority is extending the temporary water restrictions in the Southtowns until at least Aug. 17, due to "unforeseen complications" while repairing the water main break at its Sturgeon Point Treatment Plant.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The recent rash of water main breaks has elected officials calling for a closer look at the Erie County Water Authority. 


A new set of water main problems have occurred in Erie County.

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Erie County's Environment and Planning Department is looking at running a bike path along Route 5 in the front of the old Bethlehem Steel plant site. The first phase would be from the city line with Buffalo to Smokes Creek.


The Erie County Water Authority is raising water rates, increasing the quarterly infrastructure charge and planning to borrow money to pay for a much-expanded capital spending plan.


Officials with the Erie County Water Authority are pleased with an announcement from State officials indicating New York's new budget includes $200-million dollars for communities interested in upgrading frail water infrastructures.

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.

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