State Agency Censures Water Authority, Seeks Removal of Commissioner

Two prior Republican commissioners, Robert Anderson and Karl Simmeth Jr., have already left the three-member board, leaving only Democrat Jerome Schad, who serves as board chairman.

The Authority Budget Office recommends that the County Legislature fire him, and several legislators said Tuesday they will either recommend Schad’s termination and/or explore how to turn the authority into a county department.

“I hope this report convinces my colleagues that reform is necessary and that they stop protecting the status quo,” said Legislator Thomas Loughran, D-Amherst. “I mean how much evidence do you need?”

The Authority Budget Office pulled no punches in its scathing assessment of the operation of the public utility agency responsible for providing clean water to half a million county residents.

 “Based on the historic issues with transparency and accountability at the Erie County Water Authority, we believe that the Authority would be best served by new leadership, that is more cognizant of its fiduciary responsibility to the Authority and the public,” stated ABO Director Jeffrey Pearlman. “A new board will help to implement and enforce its policies in an environment of transparency.”
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One Response to “State Agency Censures Water Authority, Seeks Removal of Commissioner”

  1. Bruce says:

    The Water Authority is not the only “board” that needs a “shake-up.” A shake-up that dislodges the status quo where all parties are guilty of entrenched corruption.

    Amherst taxpayers are still in the dark as to why people who are making decisions for them are still in positions of power-over-the-people through the Planning Board and ZBA? Why is the Town Board extending term limits on people like Gilmour, Guiliani and others. They have proven, over the years, who they represent and whose agenda they are pushing. Are we to believe that out of the entire Amherst population, these are the only “qualified” people to represent the people? Why are term limits not enforced on these decision-making boards that have a noted reprehensible, self-serving track record?

    Last November, the voters selected people to upend the status quo, regardless of party affiliation. Voters know how certain departments and boards can impact their long-term quality of life and that the Town Board has a significant role in controlling the situation. What is the problem? These people who have not performed in the best interest of the taxpayers, through ignorance or corruption, know who they are and should have the grace to resign or be jettisoned. They are dragging the town and its reputation down.

    Like the Water Authority, positions should not be given to unqualified persons based on donations, friends, family or spaniels. That is by definition–corruption.