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4:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Legislature approves funding for road repairs

With little debate, the Erie County Legislature approved spending $30 million on road repairs.
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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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Local
4:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Legislators hold hearing on plan to increase road and bridge repair budget

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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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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Legislature calls for legalization of Mixed Martial Arts

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

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Erie County Road Repairs
4:06 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Erie County lawmakers asked to spend more on road repairs

Erie County lawmakers host an informational session Thursday, during which a request for additional road and bridge repair money was discussed.
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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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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

County Exec calls dedicated road fund proposal a 'fiscal gimmick'

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs (right) and Legislator Edward Rath (left) propose law to direct Auto Bureau excess revenue to a county "Road Fund"
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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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Local
3:24 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

E-cigs banned in Erie County's public places

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

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

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Local
4:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Legislature approves restrictions on e-cigarettes

All but one member of the Erie County Legislature voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
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County legislators voted Thursday to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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Local
5:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Technical error' causes Legislature to delay action on e-cigarettes

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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.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Legislators propose term limits for county offices

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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Local
9:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Should inmates pay healthcare co-pays?

County legislators discuss ways of reducing the health care costs of inmates at the county's jails.
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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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Local
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
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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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Local
1:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Poloncarz withdraws controversial commissioner appointment

Carol Dankert-Maurer no longer has the support of County Executive Mark Poloncarz to be Commissioner of Mental Health.
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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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Local
9:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Erie County lawmakers to hold public hearing on e-cigarette regulations

Electronic Cigarettes
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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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Local
4:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Legislators propose database for future emergencies

Legislators spent Thursday's session reviewing lessons learned during the November storm.
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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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Local
5:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Legislature rejects pay raises for top elected officials

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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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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

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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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Local
4:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Panel recommends pay hikes for Erie County’s four top elected officials

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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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Local
8:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislators, business owners debate e-cigarette regulation

Dr. Mark Travers (seated right), a research scientist at Roswell Park, appeared at an Erie County Legislature committee meeting on e-cigarettes.
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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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Local
1:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Legislature approves contract with county workers

The Legislature voted 11-0 in favor of the new contract with CSEA Local 815.
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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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Science/Technology
9:05 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County exploring idea of municipal broadband

Broadband internet connection.
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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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Local
9:02 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Legislators raise doubts over CPS plans

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in past news briefings on CPS reform with Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer
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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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Local
3:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Legislators question sheriff on cell phone tracker

Sheriff Timothy Howard went before the Legislature's Public Safety Committee on Thursday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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

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Legal
8:19 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Social Host law aims to curb underage drinking

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon discussing Social Host Law.
Credit Photo provided by Erie County Legislature Republican Caucus

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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Local
3:20 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Sheriff defends use of phone tracking equipment

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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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Local
5:07 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Disputes arise over county-issued phones

Controversy followed an audit conducted by the office of Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.
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When Republicans were the minority party in the Erie County Legislature, their top staffer had a county-issued cell phone. That issue is at the center of a growing controversy inside county government.

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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
9:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

County leaders reject library district

Erie County Legislators rejected a resolution of support for a new library district.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district.

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Local
2:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Legislator suggests loans rather than free college for inmates

Legislator Betty Jean Grant is proposing an alternative to free college for prison inmates.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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Dems dysfunction leaves legislative void
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Press Pass: Marinelli's seat and school board influence

Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly
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County Legislator Lynn Marinelli stepped down from her post in January, but no progress has been made in filling that seat.

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Local
9:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Legislators to go on record against inmate college plan

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Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his plan for giving prison inmates a free college education during a stop this week in Amherst. But some local lawmakers aren't buying it.

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