FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2019
Contact: Jesse Prieto, 716-525-5170
Jacob McMahon Demands Better Infrastructure for Tonawanda Residents
Calls Poloncarz and DPW for review of flooding that damaged property and closed roads.
Tonawanda, NY – Jacob McMahon demands Mark Poloncarz and County DPW review Tonawanda infrastructure after Wednesday’s rain left residents with flooded basements and impassable roads. With 2-3 inches of rain, Sheridan Drive was one of several critical commuter routes closed after drainage systems failed to rout the water away from streets.
“The taxpayers of this community need to know that something as simple as rain can be handled by their local government. Infrastructure is a key government responsibility and with the amount of money taken in by Erie County, Grand Island and the Tonawandas should have had dryer basements and clear streets after yesterday’s storm. I am calling on Mark Poloncarz and the County Department of Public Works to review Wednesday’s problems and find a solution. After walking door to door to hear from Tonawanda residents Wednesday, it was clear that taxpayers want to know why our drainage system wasn’t ready to handle the occasional rain storm,” said Jacob McMahon.
Jacob McMahon is a U.S. Marine who enlisted at age 17 and returned home to Grand Island after serving with the Anti-Terrorism Security Team in Norfolk-VA, Guantanamo Bay-Cuba, and Bahrain. After serving honorably overseas, Jacob returned to train new US Marines as Fire Team Leader in Camp Pendleton, California. In a training exercise gone awry, an ignited gas leak left Jacob with
extensive and severe burns to his face, neck, and hands. He is currently serving as a Grand Island Volunteer Firefighter, and working at the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition as a Case Manager.
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