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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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County legislators voted Thursday to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

Five Erie County legislators are introducing a term limit proposal they hope will be on the ballot for the November election. The lawmakers claim the proposal is in response to the recent rash of unethical behavior amongst public officials in Albany.

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There is a push in Erie County government to have inmates pay part of their medical costs while behind bars.

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As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

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The Erie County Legislature takes public comment Monday on a proposal to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, just as traditional cigarettes are banned. 


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During the Snowvember storm, emergency workers were busy, ferrying people stuck in their homes to medical treatment. Officials are now developing a plan to have a list of those needing long-term help.

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Proposals from Erie County's Salary Review Commission for substantial pay raises for four of the county's top elected officials crashed and burned unanimously on the floor of the Legislature Thursday afternoon.

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Erie County’s four top elected officials would receive raises ranging from 16 percent to 29 percent under a plan unveiled Tuesday by by a citizens review panel. 

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The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes may lead to new restrictions on where users can "vape" in Erie County.

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A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

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A cheaper alternative may be on the way to the broadband internet services currently available in Erie County. The Legislature is going to explore the possibility of starting its own county-wide network.

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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

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Members of the Erie County Legislature raised their privacy concerns over cell phone spying with Sheriff Timothy Howard on Thursday.

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A new local law approved by Erie County lawmakers has been designed to curb underage drinking.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the Social Host Law would hold adults accountable for allowing minors to drink on their property.

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Cell phone tracking equipment used by the Erie County Sheriff's Department does not store data, according to Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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