Mark Poloncarz

Local
2:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Regional tourism agency moves to Lafayette Square

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown cut the ribbon on the new visitor center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York's primary tourism agency, opened its new downtown visitor center Tuesday, right in the heart of Lafayette Square.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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Local
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Poloncarz' 2015 budget holds the line on property taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

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Easily defeats Manna in vote
12:43 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Zellner retains post as Democratic Chairman

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

More than 1,000 Democratic Committee members gathered in Lackawanna on Saturday to vote on candidates for Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

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Business
4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Erie County's credit rating improves

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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Press Pass
5:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Press Pass: The politics of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz bucked prevailing opinion recently when he challenged the NFL's assertion that the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium. In this week's Press Pass on WBFO, Jim Fink of Business First discussed the delicate politics connected with the issue.

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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.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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

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Environment
3:40 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County testing lake water for toxic algae

Credit File photo

Erie County is conducting special water sampling in Lake Erie along the shoreline to look for the toxic algae that shut down the water in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.

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Local
12:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Majority leader calls on Social Services commissioner to resign

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.

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Local
7:57 am
Fri May 23, 2014

County leaders tangle over roads issue

Officials disagree on how to deal with Erie County's crumbling roads and bridges.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's agreement and disagreement inside county government. While all agree that Erie County's vast network of roads is in bad shape, there is disagreement on what to do.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul could be considered as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.
Credit File photo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

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Local
8:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Critics call on Verizon for FiOS TV access in Buffalo

A large crowd at the West Side Community Center was calling for Verizon to provide its FIOS service in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center.

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Local
10:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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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Local
10:09 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tournament parking prices raise eyebrows

Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Some fans making their way into downtown Buffalo for yesterday's NCAA basketball games experienced sticker shock while trying to park their car. Many were stunned to learn they’d be paying a hefty fee at the lots near First Niagara Center.

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Local
4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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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Business
10:07 am
Tue February 25, 2014

IBM picks Buffalo for 'deep research' facility

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown talk about the impact a new IBM facility will have on the city.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it is a "big win" to have IBM as the anchor tenant in the new Buffalo IT Innovation and Commercialization Hub.

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Local
9:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WNY prepares for another round of floods: High Wind Warning posted

With a warming trend on the way that is expected to melt the region's thick snowpack, local municipalities are bracing for potential flooding.

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Local
12:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

CSEA workers reject fourth contract with Erie County

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

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Environment
11:11 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Residents showed support for the fracking ban at a December legislature hearing.
Credit File photo

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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Local
7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Poloncarz hears fracking pros and cons ahead of county decision

Several county residents came to the Rath Building Monday to make their voices heard on fracking.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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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Local
10:10 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Public hearing on county fracking ban being held today

Past anti-frack protests in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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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Local
9:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

County executive wants all Bills home games in OP

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, home of the Buffalo Bills.
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During his weekly radio show Wednesday, Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expressed concern over whether the Bills lose a competitive edge playing home games in Toronto. Brandon says the series held in the Rogers Centre will "be reviewed in a grand manner." Meanwhile, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he would like to see all Bills home games played in Orchard Park.


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Local
1:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Poloncarz defends use of borrowing in newly-passed budget

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Democratic Legislator Timothy Hogues
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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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Local
4:24 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lancaster demolition clears way for smart growth initiative

Poloncarz was joined by local leaders Friday to kick off the demolition in Lancaster.
Credit Erie County Executive’s Office

Demolition of a complex along West Main Street in the Village of Lancaster is now underway as part of a smart growth revitalization project.

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Erie County Legislature
11:34 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Republicans take control of Erie County Legislature

"Majority Maker" Ted Morton, 8th District winner
Credit Photo by Mark Scott

For the first time in 35 years, the Republicans will have outright control of the Erie County Legislature.  It was one of several big victories for the local GOP in Tuesday's elections. 

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Local
5:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Erie County responds to ACA rollout

Erie County is moving into the field of helping people who want to sign up for the new national health insurance system and don't know how to do it.

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Local
4:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Proposed Erie County budget spends more without raising taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his budget Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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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Local
2:14 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Poloncarz confused by comptroller's gas card audit

Credit File photo

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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Local
10:02 am
Thu October 10, 2013

CPS workers disciplined for mishandling case of beaten 5-year-old boy

Matthew Kuzdal, 26, charged with second-degree murder.
Credit Buffalo Police photo

Several employees in Erie County's Child Protective Services division have been disciplined over their handling of abuse complaints against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy. 

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Local
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Mychajliw, Poloncarz exchange words over CPS jobs

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Erie County Comptroller says nine vacant positions at Child Protective Services should be filled immediately.

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