Poloncarz Proposes Bigger Water Authority Board, Smaller Stipends

June 23, 2018
County Executive Mark Poloncarz lays out his proposals for Water Authority reform and defends Chairman Schad. (Sandra Tan/The Buffalo News)
County Executive Mark Poloncarz lays out his proposals for Water Authority reform and defends Chairman Schad.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Friday that the most direct way to depoliticize a “political beast” like the Water Authority is to expand its board from three members to seven members and grant them longer, staggered terms.

Also, the commissioners should be paid less, he said.

He also went on record saying he opposes the termination of Water Authority Chairman Jerome Schad. And, he doesn’t think a county takeover of the Water Authority is the best way to reform it because of the complex legal, financial and logistical hurdles.

“It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “It can be done, but it’s going to be more expensive to pay off the debt associated with the Water Authority.”

There are easier ways to create a more transparent political organization, he said.
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2 Responses to “Poloncarz Proposes Bigger Water Authority Board, Smaller Stipends”

  1. jjtric says:

    Dumb and dumber..but Poloncarz up the patronage king and winner no matter how this turns out..

  2. JOE D. says:

    Poloncarz cant support removing Schad..Schad bought , paid for and owns him with all the campaign donations made to Poloncarz over the last few years.
    These politicians really think the general public and voters are very naive or stupid!