(WKBW release) Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath, III, who co-sponsored the Local Law Prohibiting Cyberbullying in Erie County, was pleased to learn that the County Executive officially signed the law on Monday, approximately three weeks after the Legislature unanimously supported its formation.
Legislator Rath released the following statement concerning today’s events:
“The County Executive announced today that Erie County has completed the process to create a local law prohibiting cyber-bullying. By doing so, we have taken action to address a very serious issue and help protect victims of online harassment. I respectfully disagree with the county executive’s inappropriate commentary that attempted to overshadow the significance of this local law. Myself and members of the community are committed to seeing the intent of the law enforced. Now that the law is officially recorded, it is crucial that we make the community aware of it in hopes that the threat of consequences will deter would-be offenders. I have been working for two months to create a taskforce that will address the concerns associated with this new law. Once in place, the taskforce will promote awareness of the local law and educate the community on its intent and how it can be applied. The taskforce is a significant component and will be comprised of school leaders, parents, representatives from the District Attorney and Family Court, and members of law enforcement.”