Erie County

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The weekend’s harsh winter weather kept many residents off area roads, while county plow trucks rolled non-stop.

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A travel advisory has been issued for Erie County that will extend until further notice.

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Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is proposing a cap on the county sales tax for gasoline. Morton floated the idea Tuesday as County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a report titled "The True Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline."

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Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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A  judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for planned expansion of the Erie Community College's north campus. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes ruled that Giambra and two co-petitioners did not have proper legal standing to mount the court challenge.

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State police in the Buffalo area have a new tool for conducting sobriety checkpoints on New Year's Eve.

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FEMA has officially declared parts of Western New York a "major disaster" following last month's massive snowstorm.

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The snowball fight between County Executive Mark Poloncarz and some suburban supervisors and highway superintendents continues. Town officials fought back in front of the County Legislature on Thursday.

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The Erie County Legislature holds its annual budget meeting today in an effort to approve a 2015 spending plan for the county. 


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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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It has been 18 years since four of Erie County’s top elected officials received a pay hike. A proposal by the Citizens Salary Review Commission says now is the time. At a public hearing Thursday evening, residents got the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

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A new AARP report says that nearly half of working Baby Boomers in Erie County could eventually leave New York State, taking $10 billion annually with them. A roundtable discussion was held in Buffalo Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep the 50+ population in the area.

Erie County joins initiative focused on older adults

Sep 23, 2014
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Erie County is the newest member of the AARP’s Age Friendly Community Initiative. The effort works to address issues facing all generations, but specifically people over the age of 50.

Tonawanda garden dedicated to domestic violence victims

Sep 15, 2014
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Construction of a ‘Tribute Garden’ in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is underway at Isle View Park. Local officials broke ground on the garden in Tonawanda on Monday.

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

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Lake Erie water samples tested this week in Albany have come back negative in Erie County for a harmful toxin caused by blue-green algae blooms. 

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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 better than five month investigation has resulted in the firing of an Erie County Employee for the theft of fuel.

Erie County's comptroller has released a report that he says uncovers possible fraud in the county's Division of Weights and Measures.

Erie County to bank exclusively with M&T

Jun 4, 2014
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Erie County will now exclusively do its banking with M&T Bank. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw announced the $1.8 billion agreement Tuesday.

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

May 2, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday a series of grants, supporting the importance of trees around the state.

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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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Erie County's Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education program is getting a big boost from Washington.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced a list of area roadways that will be under construction this season. The county plans to spend $27 million on the infrastructure projects if the legislature approves an additional $4.5 million.

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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.

Erie County kicks off National Volunteer Week

Apr 8, 2014
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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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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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