Erie County

Buffalo-Niagara population on the rise

Mar 31, 2014
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The population of Buffalo Niagara is on the rise. United States Census Bureau data shows that the region’s population saw a boost of 348 people since 2012.

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Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

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A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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Authorities in Erie County are rebuking a report that Child Protective Services workers did not protect an Amherst child who was killed last week.

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Jan 10, 2014
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land.

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Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

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A public hearing on a proposal to restrict natural gas fracking in Erie County Monday turned into an attack on opponents and on Governor Cuomo for blocking fracking statewide.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz will hear about the pros and cons of natural gas fracking Monday afternoon as he holds a public hearing on limiting the energy source in Erie County.

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Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking.

For decades, Medicaid and welfare have been the bane of local government budget makers, with the local share putting pressure on taxpayers directly or indirectly.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.

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Supporters of a near-ban on fracking in Erie County turned out Tuesday night to vocally oppose the natural gas drilling technique.

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Strong and potentially damaging winds will be blowing through Western New York tonight and into Monday.

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Nov 14, 2013
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State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

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A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

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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.

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A new audit issued by Erie County's comptroller implies the possible abuse of county-issued gas cards to employees. But the county executive says no such cards even exist.

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New legislation recently signed into law amends the state’s land bank initiative introduced by the Cuomo administration in 2011.

New York State is launching a review of child abuse cases being handled by Erie County Child Protective Services.  The action follows last week's beating death of a 5 year old Buffalo boy.

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A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.

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Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says based on this week's canvass of the primary election, it is "highly improbable" there will be any change to last Tuesday's results.

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After some tough negotiations, Erie County has come to a new snow plowing agreement with its towns.

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A state database of spending on Medicaid is giving Erie County officials an eye-opening look at poverty across the county.

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Erie County will not have to repay millions in federal aid it received following the October 2006 surprise storm.

Even if a woman doesn't have any kind of health insurance, Erie County will help pay for mammography screening for breast cancer and treatment.

With an improving economy, Erie County might take in enough sales tax to meet budget schedules.

The City of Buffalo and Erie County say they have received assurances from Rural Metro Services that ambulance service won't be interrupted even though the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Erie County officials are warning property owners about a scam making its way into local mailboxes.

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