Cru­cial vote cast to keep Schad on wa­ter board

Hard­wick plays key role in 6-5 de­ci­sion

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By San­dra Tan NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER It’s about to be il­le­gal for a per­son un­der 21 to pur­chase to­bacco prod­ucts in New York. The ques­tion – and chang­ing an­swers – about when adult­hood be­gins has led to a patch­work of laws in New York and the United States.

For a while last sum­mer, it looked like Jerome Schad’s fu­ture at the Erie County Wa­ter Au­thor­ity was toast.

A scathing June 2018 state re­port out­lined trans­parency and gov­er­nance fail­ures at the au­thor­ity and rec­om­mended re­mov­ing all three board com­mis­sion­ers. The Erie County Leg­is­la­ture found it­self un­der pres­sure to dump Schad, the only com­mis­sioner left who had served dur­ing the time pe­riod cov­ered by the re­port.

But Schad pledged im­prove­ments, made a num­ber of quick fixes and avoided get­ting fired.

With Schad now near the end of his term, the Demo­crat­ic­con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture voted 6-5 Thurs­day to reap­point him to an­other three-year term.

Leg­is­la­ture Chair­man Peter Sav­age, D-Buf­falo, said the state re­port fo­cused on is­sues in­volv­ing the Open Meet­ings Law, the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Law and deal­ing with the me­dia.

“Those is­sues have been cor-

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