It is with great honor that I have been chosen to serve the people of Erie County as their Erie County Executive. I am excited about the work of carrying out the vision for the creation of a vibrant region - a region with a modern economy, family sustaining job opportunities and a high quality of life for all.
As I begin that work, I believe that we must remember and honor our history and the sacrifices that our ancestors made to create the wonderful community in which we live. I also believe they charged us to take this opportunity, this moment in time, to build on their work and create an even better life for ourselves, our children and generations to come. It is now our responsibility to take Erie County forward, to take it in a direction which will enable it to grow and provide opportunity for all our citizens. We must do this in positive, healthy, collaborative manner, and by doing so, we will accomplish great things.
Let us be the County that supports and promotes a diversified economy. Let us realize our many strengths, drop our personal agendas, and work collaboratively for the greater good.
Let us be the County that offers the highest standard of community health & wellness. Let us offer compassionate, respectful, responsive care to the most vulnerable, protect our natural resources for today and future generations and promote a lifestyle that is healthy and vibrant.
Let us be the County that boasts a Public Safety environment that is second to none - where our first responders have the tools they need to keep them safe and citizens know their government is working with their safety in mind.
Let us be the County that operates as a model to the rest of the State with the most efficient, transparent and responsive government, always with a clear focus on the citizens we serve.
As we work on all of these things - and the many tasks that are in front of us - I promise you that I, as well as my administration, will operate with the highest level of integrity and ethical standards. All our work will begin with showing respect for all people - whether it be those we work beside or the citizens and visitors of this County. We will be proactive and strive for excellence in all that we do.
It was Thomas Jefferson who said “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”
We must always keep in the forefront that we are here to serve the people. That is our charge.
I am optimistic about the future for Erie County. I believe some of our best days are just around the corner. Optimism, hard work and clear direction will define our course and will serve as the catalyst for growth and progress.
We move forward, not fearing change, but accepting that only through change will new opportunities be found. And through opportunities come hope and progress.
In the coming months you can look forward to a change in tone, in approach and to an unwavering commitment to create a healthy, vibrant community.
I promise you that I will do my best to renew and build a better Erie County - the community we all love and call home. For our children, grandchildren and the next generation beyond, I will work every day to Move Erie County Forward!