Water Authority Chairman Says He Won’t Resign Despite Legislature Request

June 19, 2018
The state Authority Budget Office recommends that the county Legislature remove Water Authority Chairman Jerome Schad. A majority of legislators are calling for his resignation. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
The state Authority Budget Office recommends that the county Legislature remove Water Authority Chairman Jerome Schad. A majority of legislators are calling for his resignation.

Local lawmakers have rushed to stake out the high ground and demand reform ever since a state oversight agency condemned the Erie County Water Authority last week for its secrecy and lack of accountability. But the political divisions that have typified the deep-rooted problems with the patronage-driven authority are showing up in the rush to demand change and assert blame.

  • The county Legislature’s Republican-supported minority submitted a resolution Tuesday calling for the removal of Water Authority Chairman Jerome Schad, a Democrat. No Democrats agreed to co-sponsor the resolution except Thomas Loughran, of Amherst, the Legislature’s most vocal critic of the authority in recent years.
  • Democratic Legislator Patrick Burke, of Buffalo, who is running for state Assembly, has accused the Republican-supported minority of engaging in a “partisan hit job” on Schad after Republican donor Earl Jann was fired from his post as the authority’s executive director. Burke has called on the county Comptroller’s Office to report back on whether it is financially possible for the county to take over the authority as a county department.
  • Meanwhile, Schad said he isn’t going anywhere, and County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced he has his own ideas about how to reform the authority.
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