Erie County

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

County employee fired over theft of fuel

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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
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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

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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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Local
12:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

CSEA workers reject fourth contract with Erie County

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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He refutes claims agency was contacted
10:49 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Poloncarz denies CPS knew of Amherst toddler's abuse

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
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Authorities in Erie County are rebuking a report that Child Protective Services workers did not protect an Amherst child who was killed last week.

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Environment
11:11 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Residents showed support for the fracking ban at a December legislature hearing.
Credit File photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land.

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Health
10:05 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Flu cases on the rise in Erie County

Dr. Gale Burstein says it's not too late to get a flu shot, as she did this past fall.
Credit File photo

Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

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Local
7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Poloncarz hears fracking pros and cons ahead of county decision

Several county residents came to the Rath Building Monday to make their voices heard on fracking.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A public hearing on a proposal to restrict natural gas fracking in Erie County Monday turned into an attack on opponents and on Governor Cuomo for blocking fracking statewide.

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Local
10:10 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Public hearing on county fracking ban being held today

Past anti-frack protests in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Erie County Executive Poloncarz will hear about the pros and cons of natural gas fracking Monday afternoon as he holds a public hearing on limiting the energy source in Erie County.

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Environment
4:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County lawmakers vote to ban fracking

A large group of citizens came to County Hall Thursday to encourage legislators to vote for the fracking ban.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking.

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Local
5:09 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Budget planners monitoring welfare costs

For decades, Medicaid and welfare have been the bane of local government budget makers, with the local share putting pressure on taxpayers directly or indirectly.

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Local
1:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Poloncarz defends use of borrowing in newly-passed budget

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Democratic Legislator Timothy Hogues
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Support builds for county ban on fracking

Protesters turned out at a public hearing on fracking Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Supporters of a near-ban on fracking in Erie County turned out Tuesday night to vocally oppose the natural gas drilling technique.

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Potentially damaging winds blowing in overnight
10:30 am
Sun November 17, 2013

High wind warnings issued for WNY

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Strong and potentially damaging winds will be blowing through Western New York tonight and into Monday.

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Local
5:24 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Robin Hart, Eain Brooks' grandmother, spoke emotionally at Thursday's hearing.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

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Local
9:35 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State to hold CPS hearing in wake of child deaths

State officials will probe the circumstances that led to the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
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A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

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Local
4:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Proposed Erie County budget spends more without raising taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his budget Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is submitting a budget for next year with a steady property tax rate that cuts a few jobs, puts more money into the arts and library, and sets up an economic development office in Toronto.

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