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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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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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Ed Rath lll Needs To Leave A Very Important Board Due To Conflicts


The Current Board of Trustees for the Central Police Services Board has a problem.  One of its members is Ed Rath III.  Ed is also a member of our Board of Legislators.

When the Legislators need to pass a law Ed Rath can’t vote on it if it involves the Central Police Services.

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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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We Need A Rebirth, Says Rath. OK, But How?

The Fall/Winter 2010 Edward A. Rath Report came to my home in November. The report was bland and about as septic as I believe Mr. Rath could make it.

He includes two graphs of our State budget. The graphs are titled, ”Where Your Tax Dollars Go,” and “Where The Dollars Come From.”

He doesn’t explain what the budget says in common sense verbiage so the public can clearly understand what our money actually does and where it actually comes from. I am really interested in the 20% which isn’t mandated by the federal and state government. Who really makes the call on how it is spent?

Who decides how much money is spent and who decides how it is going to be spent? Rath leaves huge holes when sharing what happens with inside dealings among the group who decide where the money is spent.

His report tells us he is against tax increases but he doesn’t mention who does want to raise taxes. Maybe he means his puppet leader Chris Collins. Rath does state that Collins and he worked hard to find areas to tighten the budget but Ed has avoided checking into vendors who we buy things from whose prices are highter than other vendors.

Ed says we must bring high quality jobs to our area but he doesn’t say how we can bring new business to our area. Ed, you have yet to explain how we can bring in new jobs. Our crippled AIDA  has brought very few jobs into our area so how will you accomplish this feat?

You have not brought in a fresh new face to replace Jim Allen who has been the ineffective Director of the AIDA for 41 years. If you check his record you will discover he has brought in very few jobs. If you ask him how many jobs he has brought into Amherst he can’t answer you because he hasn’t kept records.

Ed, you mentioned there are businesses which want to come here but feel there is too much red tape. We all know that the “red tape” would disappear if the right palms were greased. Albany can change anything that keeps businesses and jobs out of New York. They can, but they don’t.

Ed, you are not a little boy anymore. Go out on your own and learn how you can help our area bring business to Amherst. You might lose some friends but you will earn the respect of the people in your district who need jobs.

If you need advice about how to bring life back to Amherst just ask the right people. Stay away from the old coots.

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