Buffalo, N.Y. - A 2 On Your Side investigation last year into the Erie County Water Authority's lease at the Ellicott Square Building is resulting in changes that will bring savings to rate payers.
Our investigation revealed that the Authority, under its current five year lease, is paying $22,000 a month, or $263,000 a year.
We pointed out that although that is a competitive rate for downtown office space, space in the suburbs would be much cheaper.
And speaking of the suburbs, that's where all of the Authority's customers are located, and so if they need to come downtown to the Ellicott Square to talk about service problems or a bill they have to pay to park.
The Authority's current lease expires at the end of April.
On Thursday, one of the Authority's three commissioners, Fran Warthling, made his case to be re-appointed by the Erie County Legislature for another three year term to the $22,000 a year part-time job.