Erie County

Local
5:08 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Erie County adapts to growing local food movement

County Legislator John Mills believes local farms have earned a solid reputation among area grocers.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Fri January 9, 2015

ECC lawsuit dismissed

Renderings for future building at ECC North in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A  judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for planned expansion of the Erie Community College's north campus. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes ruled that Giambra and two co-petitioners did not have proper legal standing to mount the court challenge.

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Local
1:57 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Erie County donates DWI checkpoint trailer to state police

County officials unveiled the new sobriety checkpoint trailer Tuesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

State police in the Buffalo area have a new tool for conducting sobriety checkpoints on New Year's Eve.

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FEMA funds made available
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

'Snovember' storm declared a federal disaster

November's massive winter storm dumped more than seven feet of snow on parts of the region.
Credit File photo

FEMA has officially declared parts of Western New York a "major disaster" following last month's massive snowstorm.

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Local
4:58 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Critics blast county over storm cleanup

Local officials debated the county's storm effort in County Legislature chambers Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The snowball fight between County Executive Mark Poloncarz and some suburban supervisors and highway superintendents continues. Town officials fought back in front of the County Legislature on Thursday.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Erie County Legislature holds budget meeting today; GOP hoping for small tax cut

Credit Courtesy erie.gov

The Erie County Legislature holds its annual budget meeting today in an effort to approve a 2015 spending plan for the county. 


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Local
5:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Legislature rejects pay raises for top elected officials

Credit File photo

Proposals from Erie County's Salary Review Commission for substantial pay raises for four of the county's top elected officials crashed and burned unanimously on the floor of the Legislature Thursday afternoon.

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Citizens share view on county pay raises
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Citizens share views on county pay raise proposal

Inside the Erie County Legislature.
Credit WBFO News file photo

It has been 18 years since four of Erie County’s top elected officials received a pay hike. A proposal by the Citizens Salary Review Commission says now is the time. At a public hearing Thursday evening, residents got the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Roundtable brainstorms ways to prevent Baby Boomer flight

Associate State Director of AARP Bill Armbruster for Western New York discussing the new Baby Boomer Flight report.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new AARP report says that nearly half of working Baby Boomers in Erie County could eventually leave New York State, taking $10 billion annually with them. A roundtable discussion was held in Buffalo Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep the 50+ population in the area.

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Local
10:08 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Erie County joins initiative focused on older adults

AARP Associate NYS Director for WNY Bill Armbruster, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz (at podium), AARP State & National Group Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, Director of the NYS Office for the Aging Corinda Crossdale, and UB IDeA Center Director Dr. Edward Steinfield at Monday’s announcement recognizing Erie County as an “Age Friendly Community”.
Credit Erie County

Erie County is the newest member of the AARP’s Age Friendly Community Initiative. The effort works to address issues facing all generations, but specifically people over the age of 50.

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Local
4:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tonawanda garden dedicated to domestic violence victims

Officials break ground at site of new Tribute Garden in Isle View Park in Tonawanda.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Construction of a ‘Tribute Garden’ in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is underway at Isle View Park. Local officials broke ground on the garden in Tonawanda on Monday.

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Business
4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Erie County's credit rating improves

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

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Environment
1:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Erie County water testing finds no harmful algae toxin

Algae testing at Erie County beaches came back negative.
Credit erie.gov

Lake Erie water samples tested this week in Albany have come back negative in Erie County for a harmful toxin caused by blue-green algae blooms. 

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Local
1:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Legislature approves contract with county workers

The Legislature voted 11-0 in favor of the new contract with CSEA Local 815.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

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Gas taken from county site for personal use
10:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

County employee fired over theft of fuel

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A better than five month investigation has resulted in the firing of an Erie County Employee for the theft of fuel.

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Local
5:48 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Comptroller finds fraudulent practices in county division

Erie County's comptroller has released a report that he says uncovers possible fraud in the county's Division of Weights and Measures.

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Business
9:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Erie County to bank exclusively with M&T

M&T Bank.
Credit MTB.com

Erie County will now exclusively do its banking with M&T Bank. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw announced the $1.8 billion agreement Tuesday.

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Local
12:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Majority leader calls on Social Services commissioner to resign

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

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Health
3:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

Erie County Health Mall opens at 1500 Broadway in Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

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Trees planted, maintained for Arbor Day
10:57 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Environmental funds help green Erie County

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday a series of grants, supporting the importance of trees around the state.

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Local
11:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Erie County lawmakers approve road, bridge construction plans

The roads, bridges and highways set for repair in Erie County this year are highlighted in blue and green. The additional roads in need of fixing this year are highlighted in pink.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Erie County Legislature approved a $27.1 million infrastructure improvement plan for county roadways Thursday. The spending plan includes $4.5 million for additional roads in need of repair this year.

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

$21 million in federal grants going to local Head Start program

Rep. Brian Higgins, CAO Early Childhood Administrator Phyllis McBride, and CAO President Nathan Hare announced the grants.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Erie County's Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education program is getting a big boost from Washington.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Erie County to spend $27 million on road, bridge repairs

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz & County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced a list of area roadways that will be under construction this season. The county plans to spend $27 million on the infrastructure projects if the legislature approves an additional $4.5 million.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Countywide campaign aims to boost organ and tissue donors

Bill Williams, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, Roxanne and Olivia Williams.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

In honor of National ‘Donate Life’ month Erie County has launched a year-long campaign to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Erie County kicks off National Volunteer Week

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz kicked-off National Volunteer Week 2014 with Erie County Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy Schinzel. (far right)
Credit Peter Anderson / Press Secretary, Office of the Erie County Executive

The 40th annual National Volunteer Week is now underway. The celebration honors individuals and organizations dedicated to giving back to the community.

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Local
10:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank.

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Local
9:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Buffalo-Niagara population on the rise

Buffalo Skyline from Lasalle Park
Credit Rich Mitchell / Some Rights Reserved

The population of Buffalo Niagara is on the rise. United States Census Bureau data shows that the region’s population saw a boost of 348 people since 2012.

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Local
4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

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Local
12:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

County implements paperless property transactions

Real Property Director Joe Maciejewski says the new system will be more efficient and cost-effective.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

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Local
9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

County's Social Services Department undegoes reorganization

Carol Dankert-Maurer, Commissioner of Social Services
Credit erie,gov

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

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