Erie County Legislators Edward Rath and Thomas Loughran, who co-represent the Town of Amherst, are extremely disappointed by the action taken by Joel Giambra to stop construction of the proposed $30-million “STEM” building at Erie Community College’s North Campus. Both Rath and Loughran have been supporters of the new building, fighting for funding to move the project forward and better serve the students and faculty at ECC.

“I am frustrated with the lawsuit brought by Joel Giambra to block development at ECC North. It is critical that we invest in the north campus, which hasn’t had significant investment in decades. We often hear that our community is lacking a skilled workforce. The STEM Building proposed at the Amherst campus will help train young professionals for the jobs that are being created throughout the region currently. ECC, the county and state are all on board, have identified funding and are ready to move forward with improving ECC North. It is time to get shovels in the ground, not delay progress,” said Legislator Rath, R-Amherst.

“Three comprehensive studies have been completed on this issue. Multiple votes have been taken by the ECC Board of Trustees and the Erie County Legislature. This project has the full support of the County Executive, the President of the College and the Board of Trustees. Funds have been allocated by the State of New York and Erie County for the North Campus. Let’s not allow the obstructionists to derail this new building, which will serve as the catalyst for the eventual revitalization of the long-neglected North Campus,” said Legislator Loughran, D-Amherst.

The Legislators will continue to support the plans in place to build the STEM Building at ECC North and hope to see the project move forward soon.