Category “Local Politics”

Pushing the Envelope

This year Amherst property owners received something a little different with their tax bill—return envelopes with a former Town Clerk’s name haphazardly blacked out. Both eco-friendly and cost saving, use of the old administration’s envelopes was the right thing to do.

However, it raises the question: Why are tax payers made to foot the bill for thousands of personalized envelopes for every newly elected Town Clerk? Our tax payments have safely arrived at the Clerk’s Office these past few weeks without a politician’s name on the top line to guide them—proof that the personalized, vanity envelopes we’ve all become accustomed to are in fact not critical to successfully fulfilling the tax collection duties of that office.

This act of publicly subsidized electioneering is completely unnecessary and should come to an end.

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Legacy Candidate Déjà Vu

Ed Rath III, is the grandson Ed Rath, Erie County’s first County Executive, son of Ed Rath Jr, a State Supreme Court judge and Mary Lou Rath, former County Legislator and NYS Senator.

Ed Rath III currently occupies a seat on the County Legislature formerly occupied by his mother and has announced his candidacy to fill her former seat in the NYS 61st Senate District. Can you say legacy candidate?

Since it is appropriate to evaluate new candidates on their vision and existing elected officials on their record, the AmherstTimes Editorial Board has compiled Ed Rath III’s record of accomplishment for his twelve-year tenure on the County Legislature via the detailed graphic below for your edification.

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Local Website Edited After Smoke Reported

A website was edited sometime in the past twelve hours in the Town of Amherst, according to Amherst Pants On Fire Control.

The Candidate, or more likely her campaign manager, responded to our post about resume inflation at sometime after 7:30am EST Friday morning after being alerted to the blaze in progress on the AmherstTimes website.

Source: – 2.15.2020

Readers of this blog reported signs of the missing sentence as suggested by traces of excess punctuation left behind by what authorities suspect was a hasty deletion.

No other typos were reported.

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Stretch Pants On Fire!

NYS Town Law allows for the appointment of a Deputy Supervisor by the Supervisor to serve at his or her pleasure. This means that any such appointment is a “receive and file” item and serves to notify the Town Board of the Supervisor’s decision. The Town Board has no role in this appointment. Under section 42 of NYS Town Law, this is the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supervisor.


So, reconcile Town Law and Town Board Resolution 2020-1 with the above resume inflation, and decide for yourself if you smell smoke.

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Election Season is Upon Us

Yesterday, Chris Jacobs was endorsed by local Republicans to run for the congressional seat last held by the felonious Chris Collins in a special election expected to occur in late April to fill the balance of the Collins term expiring at the end of 2020. It’s expected that his opponent will be Nate McMurray from Grand Island. The election for the full 2 year term beginning in 2021 will be on the ballot in November.

In Amherst, the premier race this year is who will take the seat being vacated by long-term office holder Mike Ranzenhofer, best remembered for his efforts to make yogurt the official State snack and his unwavering support of local efforts to remove protections on Amherst’s  parklands.

Thus far, Republican County Legislator Ed Rath has declared his candidacy for this NYS Senate seat, in a legacy announcement, hoping to capture this seat previously held by his mom, Mary Lou Rath.

For the Democrats, Joan Elizabeth Seamans, an Amherst business owner who ran against Ratzenhofer last election is still in the mix. Also declared is Kim Smith, a Rochester-based health professional and activist. Local Dems have yet to endorse for this seat and it remains unclear if other candidates will emerge. It’s expected things will pop quickly in this race as the accelerated election timetable we experienced in 2019 is now the new normal. Nominating petitions will begin circulating in February. It’s reasonable to expect a primary fight for the Democratic line for this key seat. This is the seat to watch—so expect lots of teeth gnashing.

Assembly member Karen McMahon is running for re-election and kicks off her campaign next week. She was just endorsed by the local committee by acclamation. No Republican opponent has declared as of this moment.

And finally, petitions in the Presidential race are on the streets with local organizers for Warren, Biden, and Klobuchar among the most prominently popular.

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Concerned Citizen Letter: A Person Who is Right and Wants the Public to Know What’s Happening in Amherst

May 31, 2019

I am requesting that this letter be incorporated into the town public record.

After I read the recent articles in the Buffalo News and the Amherst Bee article on its front page regarding Supervisor Kulpa’s comments regarding Westwood and parkland alienation and conducting a rather speedy hearing scheduled for May 20 on this matter I found myself very much alarmed. For starters, this is hardly enough timely notification for a hearing on such an ambiguous matter to most town residents. To the best of my recollection the concept of “alienation” has never been mentioned publicly before. And then to turn around later on in the town board program to have the gall to put it to a vote via the town attorney resolution #2019-617 is nothing short of unbelievable. Also, specifically what will be presented at this hearing when it appears to me that at this stage no one knows what the heck is going on and if there is enough specifics to even have an intelligent hearing. This sounds very much to me like a sham hearing just to move this parkland alienation thing along to meet some preliminary requirement with the state to obtain its approval to swap land. Once this is accomplished on such very short notice without an adequate dissemination of the materials available to weigh benefits/ detriments of such a hasty action this will put far too much power in the hands of this town board to make a deal that I frankly do not think this town board on its own is competent enough to handle for the greater good of our town. Also, I do not like that it appears that the only elected official directly involved in whatever has occurred between the town and Mensch Capital Partners, LLC is the town supervisor. Too much is at stake here to trust just one person to get the story straight. Checks and balances are sorely needed.

let each of you remember that the Mensch Capital Partners are not driven here by some altruistic motive to make Amherst great again. They are driven to make their hasty purchase of Westwood as profitable as possible for them first and foremost. The town did not seek the Mensch group out to make this land swap. They sought the town out. The town holds the stronger cards in this poker game. If any good comes out of wheel spinning effort to-date the people the town folk put their faith better make dam sure the greater good of the town is served and that we come out with our interests best served. The town does not owe Mensch a deal. They didn’t elect any of you. And lastly to put the “cherry” on top of the sundae when all is said and done if anything comes of this The Mensch Capital Partners and associates will be suing the town for every bit of tax breaks and favorable funding our IDA can give them. Go figure.

In wrapping this up I’m going to let you in on a little secret, this deal, if it ever comes to fruition, is not going to be the equivalent of the Central Park of NYC. We are not New York City. And to make this park come even close to rivaling Central Park would bankrupt us. I’d expect this example of “Puffing” form a used car salesman, not something from our elected officials. Also, when this resolution comes to a vote later this evening, except for the supervisor the people deserve nothing less from each town board member a substantive explanation of why each voted the way you did. No cop outs by just merely saying, “aye.”


Edward F. McKee 75 Hobnail Drive Amherst, NY 14051

P.S. Amherst comprises approximately 54 square miles or 34,568 acres. As of the most recent town records I have available (2016) the amount of designated town “green space the town has total designated green space, excluding land specifically designated for private development amounting to 4,428 acres, or 12.8% of town land.

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Legislator Ed Rath III Wins For The Second Year In A Row


This year’s pick as the most useless, do-nothing member of our Erie County Legislature was an easy choice, Ed Rath III.

The name brings to mind a family of politicians who have a history in our local government.  Ed has kept up the family tradition of being a man who avoids controversial matters at all cost.  He never initiated any action which would help the citizens of his district.  Most people have little or no idea what district Ed Rath III even represents.

If you find his e-mail address you can send him a message and ask if he knows who he was elected to serve. I’m pretty sure he will find out the answer and e-mail back but don’t hold your breath.

Ed Rath III has everything he needs to go up the political ladder and be a big nothing.  He has the look of a preppie politician who learned from other useless politicians like Congressmen Chris Lee, Tom Reynolds, Tom Paxon, Chris Collins and of course his dear and wonderful relatives. His grandfather was a 33rd Degree Mason, who gave more money to his Lodge than any other Mason.

Ed Rath III is a lucky man who won’t have to do anything of importance to be re-elected.  If voters have the time to check out his achievements they would be entering a maze of nothingness. (It’s a joke!)  Achievements he  may list could be wears a smile well, has a good haircut, wears clothes well, and above all these “achievements” – he wears the Rath name on his sleeve.

The best thing to help Ed Rath III become useful would be for him to lose the upcoming election and find a job where they never heard the name Rath.  An honest, non political job where he has to earn the respect of his fellow workers.

Achievements he had a few to few to mention but what the heck.

  • Held the line on taxes————–Holy mackerel
  • Closed District Offices————–Unbelievable
  • Downsized the Legislature from 15 to 11–remarkable
  • Removed County from costly mandated services————–He will soon name those services
  • Rebuilt infrastructure on Maple Rd. and Wehrle Dr.————And he didn’t have lift a pick or shovel
  • Created “Silver Alert” to protect WNY Seniors——————-Great now I can use these at the hockey rink in Amherst.  Grandpa, it said Silver Alert not silver skates, please get extra money so you buy a hearing aid.  Ask Ed Rath III to help you.  You can tell him what you told me, that you once were a 4th DEGREE COMMANDER CODY CIVIL SERVICE PROTECTOR OF THE PEOPLE DURING A WAR!





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What’s In A Name? In The Case Of Ed Rath ~ Nothing

Some family names have great lineage while other pass into history with generations of people who sit on their brains and do nothing.

Ed Rath left the Erie County Legislature to spend special time with his wife and kids. That’s what he said.

Shortly after he decided to run for a seat on the Erie County Legislature again, because a seat was open which he knew about when he left the Legislature and told the voters he was leaving to spend time with wife and children. He is quite a lying piece of work.

Ed Rath’s name stands for nothing but lack of integrity, honesty, and caring for family, not using them as an excuse.

Our All-American boy has shown as the traits of what makes up a creepy All-American boy.

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Edward Rath III Finally Facing A Real Opponent Toni Vazquez

The worst legislator of the 2010- 2011 year was Edward Rath III. This is the second year in a row Rath was chosen for this distasteful award by the AmherstTimes. This year he is finally facing a quality person, Toni Vazquez.

Rath treats his position in the Erie County Legislature as a gravy type job. Mr. Rath has poured most of the gravy on meaningless projects which require little work and have no chance of offending anyone.

Voters, think hard about what Ed Rath III has done for YOU.

If you check back into Ed Rath’s political history you will not find a single useful project he started for the people of his district.

Rath is known around the Legislature as the pin up boy. He knows when show up for photo ops. He has set his priorities and he’s there when the News cameras come to building.

Rath has a full time job but his mother’s connections will help him climb up the political steps to reach a point where he is paid well and still does nothing.

Rath has the image of the All-American, clean cut guy. He dresses like he never did a hard day’s work in his life.

This year he is finally facing an opponent,Toni Vasquez who works hard with her husband running a health facility on the lower west side. Her family were all fighters to improve the world.

Vazquez’s father was a civil rights leader who walked side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He took the beatings with billy clubs, suffered through friends being hung for being black, the burning down of his place of worship. Her father and mother were fighters for what they believed in; so is their daughter Toni. Her father started the first Charter school in Buffalo.

Toni Vazquez has the same passion for her home town of Amherst as her father did for Buffalo.

Toni is the administrator of a medical facility. She has a keen mind; she is responsible for patient records and for the facility. She has the qualities we need as our next County Legislator.

Edward Rath III hasn’t any experience running any business or controling someone else’s money.

We don’t need Ed Rath III in our local government. With his ability he could be a fine male model for clothes or hair creme.

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Ed Rath, The “Peter Pan” Of The Erie County Leg.

Ed Rath, learning to read with the children.

I picked up the Amherst Bee this week, as I do every Wednesday. I usually read all the news stories, the sports section and the ads. There was an article written by Ed Rath concerning the passing of different items contained in the Erie County budget. I have to acknowledge Ed for not taking all the credit for the writing of this budget. The truth is he added nothing useful, even thought he wrote he added much to this budget.

Ed had little positive input into this year’s budget. He should have given credit to the Democrats in the Leg. who fought to get money put back in to help the libraries.

Rath is the Peter Pan of this Leg. The soone he is appointed to a higher office, where he can do nothing effectively, the better. That’s when the Erie Couinty Leg. will really get some work done.

Being the son of a do-little politican means anything he does looks good, but Ed Rath hasn’t figured this out yet. Soon the people will see that his name alone does not mean he is effective.

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