After giving birth to 5 rollicking little Howards, my mother constantly and often unsuccessfully struggled with her weight. Dad used to laugh that over time her circle of friends had shrunken to a "small" group of truly obese women in which Mom could finally be the "skinny" one.
Erie County government spends the least per capita and has the smallest county work force, relatively, among the 12 largest counties in New York State, a top member of the county administration has concluded.
In a letter to the Erie County Legislature, James M. Hartman, director of management initiatives, also pointed out that Erie County spends the second-largest percentage of its budget on mandated Medicaid, behind only Monroe County.
Hartman's figures, based on 2006 county budgets, also claim that Erie has the second-lowest local revenue per capita, ahead of only Niagara County.
"However," he wrote, "we should recognize that by comparison to the other major New York counties, we are a relatively low-cost, low-tax government operation."
Giambra said the 24-page report provides overwhelming evidence that the county is well managed and in pretty decent shape.
Yeah, well, we're still fat.