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In wake of $100 million approval, county control board stiffs legislature

In wake of $100 million approval, county control board stiffs legislature


YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL THE BUFFALO POLICE DEPARTMENT.)) A 100 MILLION DOLLAR TAXPAYER FUNDED NEW EMERGENCY ROOM AT ECMC IS CAUSING A POLITICAL FIRESTORM. NEWS 4’S DAVE GREBER REPORTS WHY THE BOARD THAT APPROVED IT WAS A NO SHOW AT TODAY’S MEETING .. DAVE THE LOCAL BOARD THAT APPROVED 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO GIVE TO ECMC FOR THEIR NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PROJECTS, SAYS THEY DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE, AND THAT THEY ARE THE AUTHORITY. THAT MAY PROVE TRUE LATER THIS WEEK, BUT NOT BEFORE THEIR REASONS FOR APPROVING QUESTION. IT WAS A SHORT MEETING IN THE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS TODAY… …BECAUSE A KEY COMPONENT WAS A NO-SHOW. MEMBERS OF THE ERIE COUNTY FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY WERE ORDERED TO COME BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY APPROVED A PLAN LAST WEEK TO BORROW $100 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ECMC, TO FUND THE HOSPITAL’S NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PROJECTS. ((WE ISSUED THE SUBPOENAS FIRST BECAUSE, DESPITE REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO GET THE CONTROL BOARD MEMBERS TO COME SPEAK TO US PUBLICALLY ON THE MATTER, THEY HAVE STEADFASTLY REFUSED AND FOUGHT US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. )) THE BI-PARTISAN STATE-BASED STABILITY AUTHORITY IS INTENDED TO PREVENT THE COUNTY FROM FALLING INTO FISCAL CRISIS. BUT THIS LATEST ACT IS TROUBLING, LORIGO SAID. ((THEY’RE COMPLETE AND TOTAL REJECTION OF SPEAKING PUBLICALLY ON THIS MATTER ALSO CALLS THEIR INDEPENDENCE INTO QUESTION. )) ALTHOUGH HE APPROVED THE COUNTY MEASURE TO HEAR FROM THE STABILITY AUTHORITY, DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATOR PATRICK BURKE QUESTIONS TODAY’S ACTIONS BY LORIGO. ((TODAY WAS REALLY MORE POLITICAL THEATER THAN ANYTHING. SO NOW WE HAVE THE WARRIORS OF OPEN GOVERNMENT IN THIS ONE SITUATION WHEN IT FITS THEIR POLITICAL NEEDS. )) THE SIMPLE RESPONSE FROM THE STABILITY BOARD: COUNTY LEGISLATORS LACK THE AUTHORITY ((INSERT SOT TEXT HERE)) ECMC NEEDS ERIE COUNTY TAXPAYERS TO BORROW $100 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE THE COUNTY CAN BORROW THE MONEY FOR A LOWER INTEREST RATE. PREVIOUS PLANS ALSO CALL FOR ANY OVERAGES TO COME BACK TO THE COUNTY TO HELP FILL BUDGET GAPS. FOR MONTHS, THE PLANS HAVE CREATED A POLITICAL FIRESTORM WITHIN COUNTY GOVERMENT. AND EARLY IN THE PROCESS, LEGISLATORS EVEN QUESTIONED WHETHER THE HOSPITAL WAS MOVING AHEAD WITH THE PROJECT ILLEGALLY, BY FAILING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC BIDING PROCESS. QUESTIONS SWIRLED WITHIN THE LEGISLATURE DURING A FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON OCT. 28, WHEN THE PROJECT WAS PRESENTED BY THE HOSPITAL’S TOP BRASS. LORIGO: WHO’S, WHO’S BUILDING IT? QUATROCHE: WE HAVE AN RFP OUT RIGHT NOW FOR CONSTRUCTION. LORIGO: HAVE YOU SELECTED A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER? QUATROCHE: NO. LORIGO: THEN WHY DOES YOUR PAPERWORK HAVE LPCIMINELLI LISTED? LORIGO SAYS THE INCLUSION OF BUFFALO CONSTRUCTION MANAGER LPCIMINELLI AND GRAND ISLAND- BASED CANNONDESIGN IN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS IMMEDIATELY GAVE HIM PAUSE. QUATROCHE SAYS THE SHEET WAS MISTAKENLY INCLUDED IN THEIR PROPOSAL, AND A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SHEET INDICATES IT’S FOR A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY. BUT LORIGO SAYS HE’S NOT SURE WHETHER IT’S A PAPERWORK FLUB OR IT COULD PROVE SOMETHING ELSE. ((IF THERE’S COLLUSION, IF THERE’S BID RIGGING OR SOMETHING GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES. AND HOPEFULLY, IT’S NOT. )) THIS MEASURE TO BORROW 100 MILLION DOLLARS IS EXPECTED TO PASS ON THURSDAY. MEANWHILE, THE HOSPITAL SAYS FIVE COMPANIES HAVE SUBMITTED BIDS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER, INCLUDING GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY, LPCIMINELLI, THE PIKE COMPANY, THE WHITING-TURNER CONTRACTING COMPANY AND LECHASE CONSTRUCTION

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