Crucial vote cast to keep Schad on water board
Hardwick plays key role in 6-5 decision
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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