The Farina Files

ECC presidential search committee still not in place, as Quinn remains

BY TONY FARINA The search for a new Erie Community College president to replace Jack Quinn hasn’t really begun yet even though Quinn announced last summer that he was leaving for personal reasons, a decision that was welcomed by many


ECC fiscal crisis could trigger political battle

BY TONY FARINA There are growing signs that Erie Community College’s fiscal crisis may get worse in the near future and could turn into a political struggle as college officials seek to close a $7.5 million budget gap without putting


County Executive Poloncarz must hold ECC accountable

BY TONY FARINA Erie Community College has gone into damage and spin control now that the state audit has confirmed what I’ve been reporting for several months about how President Jack Quinn and his crew have run the college into


Quinn leads $100k-plus earners at ECC

BY TONY FARINA If there’s a financial crisis at Erie Community College, as certainly appears the case, there’s no sign of it if you take a look at the salaries at the college headed by President Jack Quinn at $192,500


Quinn’s top aid is first casualty of ECC audit

BY TONY FARINA The first major casualty of the scathing state audit of Erie Community College is Kristin Klein Wheaton, the $116,000-plus vice president for legal affairs at the college who has served as embattled President Jack Quinn’s chief advisor


Will politicians really fix ECC?

BY TONY FARINA So what’s next for Erie Community College now that a state audit has confirmed much of what I’ve written about over the last year about the unauthorized spending and job creation at the public college under the


Confidential report downgrades Quinn’s effectiveness

BY TONY FARINA As we have reported for some time, many at Erie Community College have questioned the commitment and leadership of President Jack Quinn who earns $192,500 to run the school but has several outside assignments not related to


Scathing State audit hits ECC hard

BY TONY FARINA, The Niagara Falls Reporter The long-awaited state audit of Erie Community College (ECC) has now been released and it confirms much of what we have reported over the last several months about the management problems at the college

County Legislature

Quinn stays cool despite criticism from Mills

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter Jack Quinn, the former congressman and Hamburg supervisor who has been president of Erie Community College since 2008, didn’t seem too rattled last week when fellow Republican John Mills, chairman of the Erie County