EMTA Stalemate Continues: County Council veto override falls short by 1 vote

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The ongoing struggle for control of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority continues as County Council voted to not withdraw from the authority during a special meeting Thursday. 

On Thursday, a vote to override County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper’s veto fell short by one with a 4-3 vote. Council needed five votes for an override.

Kyle Foust, Andre Horton, Fiore Leone and Jay Breneman voted for an override while Carol Loll, Edward DiMattio and Kathy Fatica voted no.

The vote comes after Erie City Council voted 5-2 on Wednesday to have the city solicitor use legal action against the county to withdraw funding for the bus service.

Unfortunately City Hall has an addiction to status quo and we don’t know where that is going to take us.” — Jay Breneman

The county withdrew its charter and funding of $360,000 after wanting more control and to regionalize the authority with a 7-0 vote June 28, however, Dahlkemper vetoed that decision.

“We are in uncharted territory right,” Councilman Jay Breneman said. “Now nobody can honestly say where we are going to go from here. Unfortunately City Hall has an addiction to status quo and we don’t know where that is going to take us.”

The charter expires Sept. 14, leaving just six weeks left for the county and city to sit down and negotiate. 

“I am pleased by County Council’s vote this afternoon, which indicates to me that council members are willing to continue to pursue the worthy cause of a truly regional transit authority,” Dahlkemper said. 

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