Erie County
Water Authority
Providing Water You Can Trust


The Board of Commissioners of the ECWA wish to reinforce their commitment to improving the quality of life for the more than 165,000 residential and commercial customers that rely on the ECWA's dependable service everyday. The ECWA operates solely for the benefit of its customers. We look forward to continuing our efforts at positioning the organization to efficiently provide customers the same quality and professional service they have come to expect from the ECWA.



Appointed March 2015

Robert Anderson was appointed to a three year term as a Commissioner effective April 27, 2015. He has over 35 years of public sector experience, the last eleven years serving as the Town of Amherst Superintendent of Highways.

As the Highway Superintendent in one of the largest towns in New York State, Mr. Anderson's responsibilities included road paving, parks (including golf courses, baseball diamonds and soccer fields), Signs, Signals and Street Lighting, Storm Water, Maintenance of receivers and storm drainage ditches, Refuse Control, which incorporated writing bid specifications for a record breaking $10 million in savings for the town and Forestry which recovered all of its cleanup expenses from FEMA after the 2006 October Surprise Storm. Mr. Anderson's daily focus was budget/cost assessment, employee hiring and development and purchasing.

He and his wife Lynne are lifelong residents of Amherst. They have two sons and six grandchildren. Bob is also currently a Williamsville Volunteer Firefighter and has served his community as Vice President, Assistant Chief, Lieutenant and Director for the Swormville Fire Company. He has also served on the Board of Directors for his church and youth baseball and has been a youth soccer coach. He was a member of the American Public Works Association and also served as an Executive Board of Director for New York State Superintendents of Highways as Chairman of Education.



Appointed March 2016

Jerome D. Schad was appointed a Commissioner in November 2013 and is serving his first term. A graduate of Geneva College, Duquesne University and the University at Buffalo Law School, he was admitted into law in New York State in 1972 and his private practice legal career spans 35 years.

A former partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, Mr. Schad focused on tort, commercial and civil litigation, state and federal law compliance related to disability and represented and advised private and public entities. He has litigated cases In the New York State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western New York District. Mr. Schad has also managed appeals to the Third and Fourth Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court and New York State Court of Appeals.

Most recently Mr. Schad was Majority Counsel to the Erie County Legislature where he provided counsel on matters related to the Erie County Charter and state and federal laws impacting the operation of county government.

He resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife, Priscilla. They have have six children and eleven grandchildren.



Appointed May 2011

Earl L. Jann was appointed to his first term in May 2011. A graduate of Canisius College, he is retired after 36 years of private sector experience in the pharmaceutical business.

Mr. Jann previously was a councilman for 7 years and Supervisor of the Town of Marilla for 7½ years. He also served on the Marilla Planning Board as Chairman. He has been active in his Church as well as active in the Moose, East Aurora Fish and Game Club as well as several other organizations.

Mr. Jann currently resides in the Town of Aurora with his wife Barbara. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.



Robert F. Gaylord was appointed Executive Director at ECWA in November 2013. A graduate of Hamilton College and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), Gaylord has extensive experience and an outstanding record of achievement in the financial and public sectors.

Mr. Gaylord worked in the banking industry for more than 33 years; first at M&T Bank, then Key Trust, and most recently as Vice President and Senior Trust Officer for the past 15 years at HSBC. Throughout his career at some of Western New York's most prominent financial institutions, he earned a strong reputation for his management, financial analysis, problem solving and relationship building skills.

He also has a long history of public service as the Town of Collins Supervisor for 20 years and as Town Councilmember for four years. Mr. Gaylord is also very active in several community and government organizations and local economic development initiatives, including Academy Place Advisory Council, Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corporation, Collins Public Library, Gowanda Correctional Facilities and the former Tri-County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Gaylord resides in the Village of Gowanda with his wife Sandy. They have five adult children and seven grandchildren.



Appointed by Board of Commissioners October 1, 2007

Robert J. Lichtenthal, Jr. was appointed Deputy Director of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) effective 10/1/07. He has over thirty years of private and public sector management experience, primarily in the fields of financial planning and control, with a focus on budgeting and cash flow planning.

Since 1990 he has worked in municipal government and municipal utility management, specifically sewer, water and electric utilities. From October 1990 until mid 1997, Mr. Lichtenthal served as the Administrator for the Village of Bergen in Genesee County, New York where he directed all financial operations of the village government and its utilities.

In April 1996, he was appointed to a three-year term on the ECWA.s Board of Commissioners. He was subsequently reappointed in 1999, 2002, and 2005.

Mr. Lichtenthal holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA with a concentration in Financial Planning and Control from the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He resides in the Town of Newstead.



Russell Stoll is a Licensed Professional Engineer and currently serves as Executive Engineer of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA). Mr. Stoll has over 30 years of broad and varied engineering experience. His experience includes manager of design and construction phase projects for multi-phase, multi-discipline and multi-consultant public and private sector infrastructure and building projects.

His role from 2012-2015 for the ECWA was Distribution Engineer and Municipal Liaison responsible for coordinating design and construction of water main replacement/capital improvement projects and water main extensions in towns and villages throughout ECWA service area. As design unit manager, he supervised staff completing water facility record mapping, water main replacement designs and backflow prevention approvals. Mr. Stoll's previous positions as a consultant included Senior Project Manager and Regional Office Manager. He also served as Director of Engineering at the NFTA. His responsibilities in these positions included overall project quality, budget and schedule. He has managed project design and construction team professionals, and teams of consultants and sub consultants.

He has been involved in several professional organizations. Currently, Mr. Stoll is a member of the Cross Connection Control Foundation of Niagara Frontier Board and member of the American Water Works Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Erie Community College Construction Management/Civil Technology departments.

He has two children and resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife Diane.



Joseph T. Burns was appointed as Secretary to the Erie County Water Authority on April 30, 2015.

Prior to taking this position with the Erie County Water Authority, Joe served as the Deputy Director of Election Operations at the New York State Board of Elections for over six years. In this role, Joe was involved in overseeing the operations of New York State's 62 county Boards of Elections.

From 2005 to 2009, Joe was the Legislative Counsel to New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco. In this position, Joe handled a number of critical matters for Senator DeFrancisco, including constituent affairs, drafting legislation and assisting with Senate committee hearings.

Joe, a graduate of Syracuse University and Albany Law School, is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United State District Court for the Northern District of New York. He currently resides in the Town of Amherst.

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