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Letter: Water Authority is a political cesspool

Water Authority is a political cesspool

The News article regarding the recent county water crisis cited information from Erie County Water Authority Commissioner Jerome Schad. The complete inability of people to contact the authority was attributed to too many people trying to contact it. Surely the Water Authority could not have believed that only three or four people would dial the agency’s emergency number during an emergency.

I recall that Schad first served as counsel for the majority Democrats in control of the Erie County Legislature, and then was selected as a Water Authority commissioner, with no engineering background. I also recall that a younger brother of Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz landed a job with the authority, but later failed to score adequately on the civil service exam.

After having read numerous articles over the years about the authority, I suspect many people may see it as a political cesspool. I certainly can understand the basis for Poloncarz’s recent characterization of it as incompetent. Customers should make it their business to know exactly what is going on.

Laurence Tosetto


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