Erie County

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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.


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


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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.


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An estimated 4-point-4 million dollars will be divided among more than a dozen local agencies in Erie and Niagara Counties to improve transportation and mobility for senior citizens and people living with disabilities.

The first discovered instance of a mosquito bearing the West Nile virus this year has been reported in Erie County.

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A new Child Protective Services report shows a significant decrease in the number of open cases in Erie County. The development follows several changes made to the department after the deaths of three children in recent years.

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The annual fight over who will do the borrowing for Erie County is surfacing again, as the county plans to sell tens of millions of dollars in bonds.


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Erie County residents will soon have two opportunities to safely and legally get rid of some unwanted household items.

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Erie County lawmakers held a public hearing on Monday regarding plans to appropriate more than $13 million in additional funds to help pay for this year’s road and bridge repair costs.

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With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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

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

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