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.
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.
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.
Now that they've grabbed the majority in the Erie County Legislature, Republicans are "going to make life miserable for County Executive (Mark) Poloncarz, I think," said Buffalo News Political Bob McCarthy during a post-election conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition.
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.
Erie County legislators Thursday cleared the way for seven more caseworkers for the overloaded Child Protective Services division in the wake of the death of a child allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend.
The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a new 10-year lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday afternoon, the last major obstacle to cementing a long-term commitment with the Buffalo Bills.
Erie County lawmakers voted 7-4 Thursday afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for repeal of the state's new gun control laws. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in Buffalo today, said political opposition to the NY SAFE Act is based in "fear."
Members of the Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus are pushing a plan they claim will save millions of dollars.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a mid-year budget warning Monday, saying the county faces more than $50 million in unanticipated costs. GOP lawmakers are calling on Poloncarz to borrow and refinance through the county Control Board.
Legislator Ed Rath says that will save taxpayers nearly $3 million.
Erie County legislators were told on Monday ECC has to have more money to keep it an effective college.
Student tuition now provides around 52 percent of the proposed $111 million budget, which includes a $300 annual tuition increase. The county's share holds steady just over $17 million and 44 vacant positions are being abolished.
College President Jack Quinn says cuts in state aid and frozen county dollars made the fiscal situation worse. The budget has to go to legislators for a vote.
Dozens of college union members showed up to say the county has to do better.
Former Erie County Legislator David Dale, a disbarred lawyer from Lancaster, faces possible jail time after pleading guilty to a fraud charge.
Dale, 49, went before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns Tuesday and pled to one charge of first-degree felony scheme to defraud and one count of practice of law by an attorney who has been disbarred.