Erie County

Erie County

Como Lake Park is a jewel of Erie County, with thousands of Cheektowaga and Lancaster residents living close by and walking, biking or driving to its facilities. Erie County is starting to resolve a large slug of mud in the middle of the park's lake.

Marketplace

Erie County is competing in one of the great corporate gold rushes: the fight to grab Amazon's new $5 billion corporate home and potentially 50,000 jobs averaging $100,000 a person.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has a week to decide if he wants to approve a local law giving 'Made in America' preference to contracts over $10,000, then send it to the voters for a decision.

A new report compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts offers some key findings and recommendations for preventing and responding to the problem of childhood lead exposure.

Erie County Family Court

Having enough people to foster each child in need has been a longtime problem, complicated by couples who both work. In fact, earlier this year Erie County ran out of foster parents, forcing kids to move as far as Jamestown to a new family who could care for them.

Buffalo Water Authority

With Erie County's sewage treatment facilities aging and sometimes overloading, the county is preparing for another round of improvements and renovations to the wastewater infrastructure.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County hosted a Poverty Summit in downtown Buffalo Thursday. The all-day gathering was organized to discuss issues while also pursue changes that may help bring people out of an ongoing poverty cycle.

WBFO File Photo

With the primary in less than three weeks and the November general election soon after, political campaigns are heating up. The two candidates for Erie County Sheriff are making strong complaints about each other.

Charlottesville violence fires up "Fire Howard" advocates

Aug 14, 2017
Erie County Sheriffs Department

A White anti-racism group is going door to door Monday evening in an effort to oust Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard from office.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County Legislators are likely to vote later this month on a proposal from Legislator Ted Morton to require the county to buy goods that are "Made in America."


Erie County launches video visitations for inmates

Aug 8, 2017
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department

Visitations at the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility have gone high-tech.

Erie County Department of Public Works

Across Erie County every day, drivers pass over bridges and culverts, usually carrying some waterway under a county road. It is time for report cards on the culverts and small bridges.

WBFO's Chris Caya

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that blocks local governments from billing pharmaceutical companies to dispose of unused prescription drugs. That is the position of Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, who is sponsoring legislation to hold drug companies accountable.

Erie County legislators are still grappling with how to spend a half-million dollars to quickly combat the lethal opioid epidemic.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A large chunk of land in the City of Lackawanna where the former Bethlehem Steel plant once stood is now the property of Erie County. After infrastructure updates, the county will pursue companies to help convert the space into a business park that will include renewable energy-powered advanced manufacturing.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is an increasingly vocal group in Western New York. Its members are suffering from Lyme disease or are family members of those with the tick-borne disease. They packed an Erie Community College South auditorium Monday night to complain they are not getting the help they need.

WBFO's Nick Lippa

Cleanup efforts are continuing after  three tornadoes touched down Thursday in Southern Erie County and Allegany County.

Six protestors arrested at Sheriff fundraiser

Jul 14, 2017
Fire Howard Coalition

Six people were arrested at an Orchard Park fundraiser for Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard Thursday evening.

Photo from Erie County

POSTED 12:30 p.m.: Flash flooding has closed roads and damaged area buildings around Western New York. Buffalo Fire reported a number of swift water recoveries at underpasses, as motorists were urged to use caution with and not drive through rising waters.

Erie County Executive

If you have a date in downtown court, you are advised to double-check the court schedule upon arrival.

NFTA

The arrival of ride-hailing is apparently upsetting the airport finances of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and potentially upsetting finances of the overall authority.

Being able to identify the symptoms of concussion in youth contact sports is not only critical to the safety of young athletes, it’s also Erie County Law. Now there’s training to back it up.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

One of the largest drug money seizures in Erie County history went down this Thursday morning.

Facebook

It was a small, but emotional audience that turned out Tuesday evening for a public hearing on Ruthie's Law, the proposed Erie County regulation of nursing homes prompted by the beating death of Ruth Murray by another patient in a Buffalo nursing home.

National Public Radio

There has been another sudden surge in apparent drug overdoses in Erie County and in the surrounding counties: eleven cases between Saturday afternoon and Monday afternoon.

Without debate or discussion Thursday, Erie County legislators recognized county fiscal realities and voted unanimously to ask Albany to extend much of the county's sales tax authority.

Nick Lippa

Erie County legislators want the start of ride-hailing moved up, to make for a better and safer Fourth of July.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County's election-year budget is not due until the middle of October, but the quest to include some money in that budget for arts and culturals brought out around 70 agencies Thursday to the WNED|WBFO studios.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

A nationwide manhunt for a suspect who allegedly shot an elderly man dead in Cleveland and then uploaded it to Facebook has ended with the man shooting and killing himself in Pennsylvania's Erie County.

"Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by [Pennsylvania State Police] members in Erie County," the state police said on its Twitter account. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself."

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