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As fall weather settles in, Erie County highway crews are starting their last major road project of the season. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says nearly two miles of Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg will be repaved over the next week.

Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

A new series of public service announcements is aiming to tackle a crime across Western New York that most residents may not know is even happening – human trafficking.

Erie County 911 call-takers have approved a pilot agreement to create a 12-hour work day schedule. A majority of the 33 CSEA call-takers voted Thursday to approve what they say will be an improvement to their work-life balance.

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Three top Erie County leaders put away their political hatchets and, instead, put together a package of major changes in the county charter.

Jeremy Zellner will remain the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

He was unanimously re-elected on Saturday at the biennial reorganization meeting. He was first elected back in 2012.  Zellner says the unanimous vote is a symbol of the unity and strength among democrats in Erie County.

 Statement by Chairman Jeremy Zellner:

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Erie County mental health officials say suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults and 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 years. As uncomfortable the topic may make some people, they said talking about the issue is the first step necessary to prevent more lives lost. 

Rabies vaccine bait drops begin this week

Aug 15, 2016
Niagara County Health Department

New Yorkers may see planes and helicopters overhead this week, dropping thousands of pellets across city and rural areas. It is the annual rabies vaccine air drop and there are some things to remember when you see the waxy green, vanilla-scented packets.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has appointed former County Legislator Timothy Hogues as Commissioner of Senior Services. Hogues replaces Randy Hoak, who is now Associate State Director for AARP, which provides benefits to its over-50 members.

Poloncarz said Hogues will be an asset to Senior Services "because he has already been working extensively with community partners to expand the department's programs."

A "boil water" notice continues for communities in the northtowns affected by Wednesday night's water main break, though there was positive news from the Erie County Health Department Friday.

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For the first time since before the Erie County fiscal collapse of the Red/Green Budget, the county is scheduling another master plan for the county's 38 pieces of parkland.

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Humans have gazed at space since the dawn of time and the Buffalo Museum of Science hopes to, one day, once again allow visitors to be able to look up at the stars.

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For kids with no place to go when school is out, days can often be spent bored at home or out on the streets of local communities, unsupervised and un-engaged. Thanks, in part, to the return of a county-funded program, that won’t be the case for hundreds of children.

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Many Erie County Republicans are enthusiastically embracing Donald Trump's push for the Presidency. A national author with regional connections compares Trump's popularity and politics with another local GOP stalwart, the late Jack Kemp. 

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The largest public art project to date, sponsored by Erie County, is going up in downtown Buffalo. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Shea's Performing Arts Center are collaborating on a new mural on the wall of 710 Main Theatre, along West Tupper Street.

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Erie County is looking at plans to require every athletic event to have someone on hand who is trained in concussion protocol.

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Operating on a tight timetable nearing its end, Erie County's Charter Revision Commission is rushing to put a package of proposals together to send to the Erie County Legislature. Eventually, something will be on the ballot in November for the voters to decide. 

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Erie County's Pawn Shop Law is moving into implementation, as law enforcers seek to use the new law to control sales of stolen merchandise to support drug habits or crime habits.

Erie County's 911 system is working again. Erie County Legislator Ed Rath is thanking everyone who worked hard to quickly fix this issue, but as Public Safety Chair, says he has many questions.

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Erie County Legislators are pushing Albany to release records of state efforts to fight the November 2014 blizzard which buried much of the county with up to seven feet of snow.

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An alarming report from one of New York’s environmental watchdog shows nearly a sixth of the sewage overflows taking place across the state are happening in Erie County.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to repeal the County's Ethics Code and start over. Created over the decades, the  current code consists of three documents.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

Information on how to protect yourself from winter weather and where to find various services is available on Erie County's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold website.

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Despite the Buffalo area's resurgence, thousands of  "zombie properties" continue dragging down neighborhoods. Because of that, Assemblyman Michael Kearns is stepping up his Bank Shame Campaign.

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There is something of a Constitutional confrontation underway between Washington and Erie County regarding recently-passed bans on microbeads in personal care products.

Erie County is pushing back against property owners who won't pay their taxes. The county is taking the first step by holding a special auction of 50 properties with lengthy histories of unpaid taxes.


There's been a big expansion of the county's agricultural districts, including on Grand Island.

Erie County lawmakers are considering a plan that would see two developers construct solar arrays that could create enough electricity to reportedly save the county an estimated $9.5 million over 20 years.

With Congress passing the five-year transportation bill, nearly $16 billion will be coming to New York State for road and bridge repairs. That should help out the local governments which have been struggling with infrastructure issues.

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Even though a poll shows residents support closing bars earlier in Erie County, Legislature Majority Leader Joe Lorigo is unswayed by the results.