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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.


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After months of debate, Erie County legislators rejected a push to move bar closing hours back from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.


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Should Erie County's bars be open until 4 a.m. or 2 a.m.? The two sides of that issue squared off Tuesday night during a County Legislature public hearing, debating for almost three hours.


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Erie County legislators on Thursday refused to allow a vote on a proposal to cut back the county's drinking hours.


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The Erie County Legislature committee session on Thursday heard from a police officer, doctor and county health commissioner. Then, it heard from two moms who buried sons and a suburban teacher who has attended 15 wakes for former students.

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Erie County Legislature Democrats have a new leader, as members chose Amherst member Thomas Loughran as minority leader. Betty Jean Grant says she just couldn't get the votes for another year as party leader.


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It was a busy day Thursday for the Erie County Legislature as it passed legislation to regulate pawn shops, supported earlier drinking hours on Sunday and asked Albany to require minimum staffing in hospitals and nursing homes.


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Erie County lawmakers hosted a 90-minute meeting Thursday morning to gather information and address concerns about Syrian refugees that are expected to arrive in the near future.

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The Erie County Legislature is likely to approve some new controls on pawn shops following a public hearing held Thursday.


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If you’ve ever tried to purchase alcohol before noon on a Sunday, you know that it’s forbidden by state law. One Erie County lawmaker is starting a local push to get that law changed. 

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“Quick and painless” is how legislators described the final approval process for the 2016 Erie County Budget. Residents can expect to see a decrease in taxes for the second year in a row and more funding for the fight against the county’s growing epidemic of drug abuse.


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With the national debate over bringing Syrian immigrants to this country heating up, it's also heating up in Erie County.


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Erie County Legislators are struggling to come up with legislation to deal with the stolen merchandise in pawn shop problem, criminals fencing stolen property to come up with cash and these days that's increasingly for heroin.


Republicans could lose control of the Erie County Legislature on Election Day. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes two races will determine who will be the majority party.


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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


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The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation banning the sale of products containing microbeads in Erie County. The proposed measure is believed to be the strongest ban on microbeads in the nation.

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The term might be a little outdated but county legislators decided Thursday that meetings needed a dress code, at least for public employees.


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Erie County took another step in its push into broadband yesterday, with the County Legislature agreeing to spend $63,000 toward a study on how to make sure all of the county has web access available.


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It's summer and as some drivers have noticed, that is when area roads and bridges and repaired or replaced and traffic is slowed.

A proposal to install term limits for Erie County's elected officials has hit a road block.


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Cosmetics and other products that end up polluting local waterways could soon be banned from store shelves in Erie County.


Term limits hearing draws minimal response

May 8, 2015
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What if you hosted a public hearing on proposed term limits... and only two people showed up to speak? That's what happened in the Erie County Legislature's chambers.

The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to hold public hearings today on plans involving term limits for elected county officials.

Auto bureau revenue proposal draws mixed reviews

May 7, 2015
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One day after promoting the financial benefits to Erie County of completing vehicle registration renewals through local auto bureaus, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs was before the County Legislature's Economic Development Committee on Thursday to support a proposed law that would designate how those revenues would be spent.

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Erie County legislators have unanimously approved an expanded budget for repairing the county's tattered roads and bridges, badly dented by a winter which never seemed to end.

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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.

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

Erie County lawmakers asked to spend more on road repairs

Apr 16, 2015
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The Erie County Legislature is being asked to approve a request from the Poloncarz administration for additional money for road and bridge repairs.

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

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

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