Poloncarz pushes for more CPS workers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County legislators were supposed to vote Thursday on a series of reforms designed to help Child Protective Services. However, that isn’t happening.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants the legislature to vote to add more caseworkers at Child Protective Services. Poloncarz is accusing some legislators of causing a delay in the hiring process, even calling it political posturing.

The majority caucus of the legislature says it’s just proper procedure. Poloncarz says he’s ready to hire 18 new caseworkers to help with the backlog of child abuse cases. Since last fall, Erie County CPS has been getting about 1,000 new cases every month.

Poloncarz says more case workers can help. But, the majority leader plans to send the request to committee Thursday instead of voting on it.

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C, said, “We plan to send it to committee to have further discussion and flesh it out and to really see what’s needed to help solve the terrible CPS issues.”

“I think this is the kind of tug of war that the public doesn’t want to see, they just want to see problems solved. They don’t like to see this tug of war,” Poloncarz said.

The county executive says he is meeting with the majority caucus for lunch and hopes to convince them to take a vote on the hirings at Thursday’s 2 p.m. session.

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