Buffalo, N.Y. - The Erie County Water Authority employs three messengers who make a total of $122,000 a year.
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On Wednesday, Two On Your Side reported that the sister-in-law of Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy, Amy Garcia, got a $37,500 a year job at the Water Authority as a messenger last week.
Prior to that, Garcia had been appointed to a $55,000 a year job as a secretary at the Water Authority.
To keep the secretary's job, Garcia needed to pass a civil service test.
But Garcia flunked the test and when she did, the authority's board placed her in a vacant messenger job.
But Garcia is not the only messenger at the Water Authority - there are two others, both of whom make more than she does.
One of them is Andrea Poole who makes $41,000 a year. Poole has political ties as well - she does consulting work for the Erie County Democratic Party.
The third messenger is Nancy Iovenitti who makes almost $44,000 a year.
Add it all up and that's $122,000 dollars a year for messengers.
And what do they do?
According to Water Authority's job description a messengers "delivers and picks up mail, payrolls, messages, papers, supplies and equipment to and from County departments."
So, in an era of e-mails and faxes, the Water Authority is operating as if it's still the 1970s.
Now we wanted to see if other government agencies operated this inefficiently.
The city of Buffalo has no messengers, and neither does Erie County.
The Monroe County Water Authority employs two part-time messengers at a total cost of $32,000 a year.
Quite a difference from the $122,000 a year being spent by the Erie County Water Authority.