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Message from the ECDSS Commissioner re: Support after Tragedy

To Colleagues, and those in our local community,

I want to extend my deepest condolences to the members of our staff, and those in our local community, who have lost loved ones in the tragic, racially motivated attack that took place May 14, 2022. We wrap our prayers and hearts around the grieving families, those who were injured, and the African American community acutely experiencing trauma. I am heartbroken over the pain that was inflicted on our brothers and sisters of Erie County and our community. 

This violent act impacts all of us because of our humanity. As we grieve together, we must renew our commitment to address social injustice, stomp out hate and continue anti-racist work. Hate has no place in our world, in our community, and in our work. 

The following supports are available to all: 

1. eviCore, our Employee Assistance Program, at (716) 212-2777.

2. On-site grief counselors will be available at the following locations:

A) Rath Building: Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

B) Appletree Business Park: Tuesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

C) Youth Detention: Wednesday, May 25 from 2-5 p.m. 


Marie A. Cannon

Commissioner - Erie County Social Services