Water Authority Appointees Donate Generously to Politicians

April 15, 2018
Fifty non-union workers at the Erie County Water Authority have contributed more than $400,000 since they were hired by the agency, which has been a haven for patronage jobs. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Fifty non-union workers at the Erie County Water Authority have contributed more than $400,000 since they were hired by the agency, which has been a haven for patronage jobs.

The staff comptroller gave $20,000 and counting. The human resources director, $23,000. Some $43,000 came from an agency lawyer.

The Erie County Water Authority’s appointed administrators give generously to politicians in need.

By the end of March, 45 non-union managers and lawyers, along with their spouses, had given a combined $408,000 to local and state political funds since taking their Water Authority jobs.

County Legislature candidates benefit, too. In their most recent two-year election cycle, County Legislature candidates accepted $11,400 from the agency’s non-union staff, which includes the three commissioners overseeing the organization.
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