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ECWA Warns Against Water Meter Worker Impersonators

ECWA Warns Against Water Meter Worker Impersonators

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In light of two recent and separate incidents of individuals posing as water meter workers in the Town of Hamburg, the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) is asking its customers to properly identify individuals before allowing them access to their home or business to read or perform work on a water meter.

All ECWA meter service workers travel in blue and white vehicles with an ECWA decal on both sides, wear a blue uniform with an ECWA emblem and carry a photo identification badge.

ECWA officials urge all customers to confirm these three visible forms of identification from anyone saying they are at the premises to read or perform work on the water meter. If customers are not shown proper identification, they should immediately shut their doors and call the police or the ECWA’s Customer Service department at 849-8444 Monday through Friday between 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.; or ECWA’s emergency dispatch after 5p.m. and on weekends.


Family Justice Center’s Orchard Park Satellite Office Now Open

Family Justice Center’s Orchard Park Satellite Office Now Open

ORCHARD PARK, NY –Domestic violence victims now have a safe haven in the Southtowns.

The Family Justice Center of Erie County marked its grand opening of its first satellite office on Saturday, February 12th in Orchard Park.

Originally a home on the campus of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church located on 4383 South Buffalo Street, the new office is the result of the community’s drive and determination to honor the memory of the late Assiya Zubair Hassan, who tragically lost her life as a victim of domestic violence just two years ago.

Open three days a week, the satellite office will offer safety planning, spiritual care, advocacy and referrals for counseling, legal assistance, emergency shelter, advocacy and more to those victims who seek help.          

According to Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director of the FJC, 9,200 domestic violence reports were filed last year in Erie County, an

Orchard Park Police Department Warns of Possible Scam

The Orchard Park Police Department is investigating a burglary and/or possibly a scam which occurred on 9/29/10, involving an elderly victim. 

The victim was approached in his yard by a male who said he was contracted by the Town of Orchard Park to trim trees on his property. The suspect kept the victim busy by showing him what he was going to do and then left. The victim walked back into his house to discover it had been ransacked and a large amount of cash taken.

The “contractor” is described as a shorter white male, mid 40’s, dark complexion, stocky, and possibly Italian. No vehicles were observed in the area. This incident may be related to recent scams in other towns whereby elderly victims were targeted by someone posing as a contractor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orchard Park Police Dept. Detective Bureau at 662-6475 x4018.