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Comptroller calls on Erie County to sell Rath Building, keep permanent remote workforce

Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 16:55:11-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is calling on the county to sell the Rath Building and keep the county workforce remote permanently.

A spokesperson for Mychajliw says he is soliciting reuse ideas from developers for the 16-story building on Franklin Street, which is home to hundreds of county workers.

Any sale of a county building, which would drastically overhaul county operations in the process, would need approval of the county legislature. On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said any shift to permanent remote work would also need the approval of county unions.

In response to Mychajliw's request, Peter Anderson, spokesperson for the county executive, told 7 Eyewitness News "this sounds like another poorly researched, late Friday media grab from the 11th floor."

County workers began returning to the Rath Building last month.

Video released by Poloncarz in July showed Mychajliw in an elevator with him without a mask. Poloncarz said Mychajliw would not be allowed in the building in the future if he wasn't wearing a face covering.