( release) Erie County Executive Chris Collins announced his campaign for reelection at a rally this morning at Volland Electric in Cheektowaga. Collins is part owner of the company that employs approximately 100 people.
Flanked by family members and supporters, Collins asked voters for their support this November as he stands on a strong record of reform and sound management of county finances. Through efforts like Lean Six Sigma, Collins has made county government more efficient. He has reduced the ranks of taxpayer funded county employees, while improving the delivery of services. Under the Collins administration, Erie County is holding the line on taxes, paying down debt and keeping spending growth at practically zero.
“We have accomplished so much over the last several years,” said Erie County Chris Collins. “But our work, and most importantly, our fight to make Erie County a better place is far from over.”
In announcing his campaign, Collins said, “Today, taxpayers have a county government that has prioritized its spending, is paying cash for capital projects and has rebuilt our parks, re-opened our beaches, renovated our convention center, and ended inconvenient detours by re-opening all 600 bridges and major culverts in Erie County for the first time in nearly a decade.”
Collins cited his success in getting Erie County out of the hospital business, by reaching an historic financial settlement with Erie County Medical Center Corporation. He also noted that Erie County is no longer operating under a hard Control Board and terminated ill-conceived inter-municipal agreements that left county taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars a year.
The County Executive also touched on the County’s realistic economic development strategy that is proving successful in helping local small businesses create jobs in our community. With a dedication to long-term decision making, Collins says his administration is honoring today’s commitments today, using recurring revenue to pay for recurring expenses, and respecting our future generations.
“This is not government as usual,” said Collins. “Instead, it’s a government that puts taxpayers first. It’s a government that’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers, stand up to the vocal minority that resists change at every level, and challenges the status quo. And most importantly, it’s the government you all deserve.”