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Collins adds to his transition team

Erie County Executive-elect Christopher C. Collins has named leaders for 31 subcommittees on his transition team.

Each of the subcommittees will be made up of six members who will study a county department or agency.

The subcommittees will look for potential improvements or changes in operation, and provide information that will help set policy and legislative goals. Their reports are scheduled for completion by Dec. 20.

"This will help us decide on priorities as we move forward," Collins said.

Collins said subcommittee members come from business, government, civic organizations and public employee unions.

The transition subcommittees, their chairmen and their affiliations are:

Budget and Finance, Michael Ranzenhofer, Friedman & Ranzenhofer PC and Erie County legislator; County Attorney, Guy Agostinelli, Zdarsky, Sawicki & Agostinelli; Cultural, Arnold Zelman, Hiscock & Barclay; Convention & Visitors Bureau/Tourism, Theresa Jehle, Junior League of Buffalo; Economic Development, Victor Rice, Ravelin LLC, and Angelo Fatta, the Fatta Foundation; Emergency Medical Services, Jeff Kryszak, K-TECHnologies Inc.; Erie Community College, William Greiner, former president of University at Buffalo; Erie County Home, David Dunkelman, Weinberg Campus; Erie County Medical Center/Kaleida Health, Mark Celmer, formerly of Multisorb Industries; Executive Department, Victor Martucci, Marrano/Marc Equity Corp.; Family Services, James Notaro, Clinical Support Services LLC; Government Reform, Elise Cusack, New York State Power Authority trustee and former Erie County legislator; Health Services, Lisa Damiani, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Human Services, Edward Rath, NOCO Energy Corp. and Erie County legislator-elect; Information Technology and Support Services, Jim Van Oss, Moog Inc.; Insurance, Mary S. Martino, John R. Oishei Foundation; Labor Relations, John Schmidt, Phillips Lytle LLP; and Parks, Peter Benzino, Abarta Beverage Group.

Also, Personnel, Randy Strauss, Strauss Group; Private Sector Benefits, T.J. Revelas, Lawley Benefits Group; Probation, Brian Doyle, Erie County Sheriff's Office; Public Advocacy, Anne Leary, private consultant and community activist; Public Assets, John Mills, John Mills Distributing and Erie County legislator; Public Health, Catherine Schweitzer, Baird Foundation; Public Safety, Peter Vito, Peter M. Vito & Associates and Patrick Gallivan, New York State Parole Board and former Erie County sheriff; Public Works, Jamie Hypnarowski, Buffalo Crushed Stone; Purchasing, Kent Frey, Frey Electric Construction Co.; Six Sigma Implementation, Alfred Hammonds, Center for Industrial Effectiveness; Social Services, Kevin Helfer, Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, former Erie County Social Services commissioner, former Buffalo Common Council member; Tax Collection, Acea Mosey, Mosey Persico LLP; and Youth Services, Jim Sampson, Gateway-Longview.

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