Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant stood up on the behalf of all Erie County residents by sponsoring a resolution formally condemning what she calls the “inappropriate and undignified appearance” of Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard at “The Spirit of America” Rally which was held in Downtown Buffalo on April 1, 2017.

“What Buffalo and Erie County witnessed in Niagara Square was absolutely not an event Sheriff Howard should have been headlining or participating in, especially while in uniform.  Sheriff Howard directly inserted himself into a polarizing political event, and he should have left when he spotted the confederate flag proudly being waved,” said Legislator Grant.

The resolution also addresses the controversy of the sheriff wearing his official uniform at the political event, which critics have said violated the New York State Election Law.

Attached please find the resolution that Legislator Grant formally clocked-in to the Erie County Legislature this afternoon which repudiates the actions of the sheriff and calls upon the Legislature to schedule Sheriff Howard to appear before the Public Safety Committee concerning this serious matter.