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Rath to leave legislature

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III
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Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III will be stepping down at the end of the year as a result of reapportionment.

Rath issued a written statement Tuesday afternoon saying he did not choose to leave the County Legislature, but the reapportionment decision calls to drastically changed the map and leaves Rath without a district.

"I did not choose to leave the County Legislature, the reapportionment decision drastically changed the map, leaving me without a district. As a champion of downsizing I was fully aware of this risk, and I believe that a smaller Legislature is in the best interests of Erie County," said Rath.

Legislator Rath continued, "My private sector responsibilities have greatly expanded over the past several months and I will be channeling my energy to that work and my Western New York volunteer organizations. It has been a tremendous honor to serve in the Erie County Legislature."

Late last week, a federal judge in Buffalo ruled on a new, downsized map of districts for the Erie County Legislature. Judge William Skretny issued a new map, reducing the size of the legislature from 15 to 11 districts. The legislature failed to agree on a map forcing the court to make the decision.