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Announcement of State Probe Into India Cummings Death Proves That When The Community Stands Together With Its Leaders We Get Results!

After much community outrage and pressure from local leaders including myself, the New York State Attorney General announced last week that their office would be investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of India Cummings at the Erie County Holding Center.

Erie County Majority Leader April Baskin

I am confident that the office will conduct a fair and impartial survey of the condition of both our facilities and the treatment provided by law enforcement, and I commend acting attorney general Barbara Underwood for taking action in this matter. Her office has reached out to me personally, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open during this investigation. Seeking Advisory Board for the Erie County Jail Management Division I recently introduced a local law aimed at establishing an advisory board for the Erie County Jail Management Division.

Members of the advisory board would provide advice and oversight for the jail management division of the Sheriff’s office. As chair of the public safety committee, I believe this is an important step in reforming our holding center on the model of restorative justice and would give the public more information about the treatment of individuals in our county correctional facilities. Passage of this local law would continue my mission to increase transparency in the treatment of the incarcerated.

Resolution to Expand Hours at City DMV I recently clocked in a resolution requesting the County Clerk’s office to consider expanding their hours at the Buffalo location. Currently, the city auto bureau is only open on weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. These hours make coordinating trips to the DMV difficult for city residents who work during the day.My resolution requests that the clerk consider evening hours or opening on Saturdays, like some of the more suburban locations currently offer. Trips to the suburbs are not easy to coordinate for many members of our community. I look forward to working with the clerk to make sure city residents are offered equitable services and the ability to keep their money in Erie County.

Additional Funding for Lead Testing Additionally, I submitted a resolution to the Health and Human Services committee requesting that New York State provide additional funding and guidance to county governments for lead testing of children two additional times before they are 2 years old. Testing at both 15 and 18 months would help identify high risk children at an earlier age so they are able to receive the care and help they need before permanent learning disabilities develop.

Also, I have requested the creation of a new Blood Lead Level guideline when considering children for early intervention services. The implementation of more rigorous standards in this testing could provide additional support and services for families affected by lead poisoning across Erie County.

Naloxone Reversal Training Held On Tuesday, September 25th, Erie County held a free Community Overdose Recognition & Use of Naloxone for Reversal Training from 6 -8 pm at the Erie County Emergency Services Training Operations Center on 3359 Broadway in Cheektowaga. Each participant was instructed in the appropriate use of Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses Last Rabies Clinic for 2018 The last county offered rabies clinic for the year will be held on September 26th at the same location from 4 -7 pm.

Vaccinating your pets mean they will be fully protected against this preventable disease, and most towns require proof of rabies vaccines in order to properly register your animals. Senior Services’ Annual Public Hearings Senior Services’ Annual Public Hearings are scheduled for October and November. Everyone is welcome to attend any hearing location; register for lunch and to give testimony by calling the site you wish to attend. For more details and to register or comment, visit: www.erie.gov/ senior hearings.

What do You Have to Say About Proposed Plans for the New Convention Center?

Lastly, the public comment session on the newly proposed plans for the Convention Center is open. Please visit the counties official page at http://www2.erie.gov/ to read the report  and submit your opinion to the County Executive.Government works best when all opinions are heard. I hope you will consider sharing yours.