Erie County

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
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

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

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

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.
Credit facebook.com/restinpeaceeainbrooks

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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Local
2:14 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Poloncarz confused by comptroller's gas card audit

Credit File photo

A new audit issued by Erie County's comptroller implies the possible abuse of county-issued gas cards to employees. But the county executive says no such cards even exist.

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Politics
1:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Change in land bank law designed to fill more vacant properties

Vacant property
Credit Some rights reserved / Kake Pugh

New legislation recently signed into law amends the state’s land bank initiative introduced by the Cuomo administration in 2011.

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Local
11:55 am
Thu September 26, 2013

State will review cases handled by county's Child Protective Services

Matthew Kuzdal, 26, charged with second-degree murder.

New York State is launching a review of child abuse cases being handled by Erie County Child Protective Services.  The action follows last week's beating death of a 5 year old Buffalo boy.

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Local
9:52 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Kennedy calls for state investigation into Erie County CPS

Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo calls for full investigation.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Primary wins appear to be locked up for Dobson, Miller-Williams

Democrat Richard Dobson will move on to face incumbent Sheriff Timothy Howard in November.
Credit File photo

Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says based on this week's canvass of the primary election, it is "highly improbable" there will be any change to last Tuesday's results.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

County, towns reach new snow plowing agreement

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is joined by town leaders regarding a new deal reached for snow plowing some county roads.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After some tough negotiations, Erie County has come to a new snow plowing agreement with its towns.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on the agreement.

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Local
8:45 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Report shows growing county costs of Medicaid

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reveals Medicaid spending
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A state database of spending on Medicaid is giving Erie County officials an eye-opening look at poverty across the county.

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Local
3:46 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

FEMA says Erie County owes $700k, not $48 million, for storm cleanup

County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is relieved by the revised audit.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Erie County will not have to repay millions in federal aid it received following the October 2006 surprise storm.

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Health
10:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Free cancer screening available for uninsured women

Even if a woman doesn't have any kind of health insurance, Erie County will help pay for mammography screening for breast cancer and treatment.

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