Erie County

Health
2:45 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New report finds toxic toys common on store shelves

This popular Thomas & Friends toy train was found to contain lead, cobalt and cadmium.

Hidden dangers sit on the toy shelves of some stores, according to a new report.

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Local
8:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Erie County's water infrastructure could use some help from the state

Officials with the Erie County Water Authority are pleased with an announcement from State officials indicating New York's new budget includes $200-million dollars for communities interested in upgrading frail water infrastructures.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jacobs decides not to run for county executive

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has opted against running for county executive.
Credit File photo

Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

County Exec calls dedicated road fund proposal a 'fiscal gimmick'

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs (right) and Legislator Edward Rath (left) propose law to direct Auto Bureau excess revenue to a county "Road Fund"
Credit Erie County Clerk's Office / WBFO News

Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Middle-schooler encourages County Exec to ban vaping in public

Jillian Myers stands third from the right, watching as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs the ban on 'vaping' in the county's public places
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Local
3:24 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

E-cigs banned in Erie County's public places

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Mychajliw won't run for County Executive seat

Stefan Mychajliw (left) next to current Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (right)
Credit File photo / WBFO News

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he will not be running for the position of County Executive.

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Winter takes toll on County operators and budget
5:54 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Winter weather takes toll on County operators and budget

Snow plowing in Metro Buffalo region.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The weekend’s harsh winter weather kept many residents off area roads, while county plow trucks rolled non-stop.

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Frigid temps, gusting winds, plenty of snow coming
9:54 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Winter storm warning and travel advisory issued

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A travel advisory has been issued for Erie County that will extend until further notice.

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Local
9:47 am
Fri February 6, 2015

After reforms, CPS caseloads cut in half in Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Gas prices
3:09 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Gasoline sales tax cap proposed to stabilize county revenue

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is proposing a cap on the county sales tax for gasoline. Morton floated the idea Tuesday as County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a report titled "The True Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline."

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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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