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Around 1,500 Erie County workers each will be getting $1,000 before taxes, after a vote Thursday by the County Legislature.

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A deadly batch of heroin is suspected in the deaths of seven Erie County residents in one day - the average number of overdose deaths in a week.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the county is in pretty good shape, although potential federal cuts could hit hard at a variety of local programs. His State of the County speech in the Burchfield Penney Art Center was aggressive.

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A local law to better protect seniors in nursing homes is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Buffalo's homegrown computer maker showed off its new expansion and manufacturing operation on Buffalo's East Side on Tuesday. Bak USA headquarters continues to expand in Compass East, on the site of the old Sheehan Hospital.

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In a day of complicated maneuvering, Erie County legislators killed a plan to refinance the debt of Erie County Medical Center, then sent back to committee a separate plan to borrow $100 million for the hospital using the county's credit rating. It was a day of attacks - some personal - and so much parliamentary maneuvering regarding the entangled finances of Erie County and ECMC even legislators were sometimes lost.

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The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority continues keeping watch over city school district spending.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the board met Monday to review the district's Four Year Financial plan.   


As the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to rise, Erie County is hitting back with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical makers and doctors who prescribe the drugs. The suit alleges they helped fuel the opioids epidemic, by spreading the falsehood that the medications aren't addictive and potentially lethal.

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There is a covered bridge between the Rath Building and Main Place Mall that makes walking back and forth between the two buildings easy, especially in bad weather. However, it is also a security dilemma.

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Local Democrats are using some of Donald Trump's statements to attack local Republicans, saying candidates on this year's ballot should be distancing themselves away from a man who says he may not accept the results of the election if he loses.

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As fall weather settles in, Erie County highway crews are starting their last major road project of the season. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says nearly two miles of Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg will be repaved over the next week.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has appointed former County Legislator Timothy Hogues as Commissioner of Senior Services. Hogues replaces Randy Hoak, who is now Associate State Director for AARP, which provides benefits to its over-50 members.

Poloncarz said Hogues will be an asset to Senior Services "because he has already been working extensively with community partners to expand the department's programs."

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday formally and unanimously voted down James Michel as a candidate for Central Police Services Commissioner. His candidacy was already derailed earlier in the day, when the Erie County Executive withdrew his appointment of Michel following the revelation of a report detailing a pattern of abusive and hostile language against a female subordinate.


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Humans have gazed at space since the dawn of time and the Buffalo Museum of Science hopes to, one day, once again allow visitors to be able to look up at the stars.

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For kids with no place to go when school is out, days can often be spent bored at home or out on the streets of local communities, unsupervised and un-engaged. Thanks, in part, to the return of a county-funded program, that won’t be the case for hundreds of children.


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The Erie County Legislature Wednesday passed an amended version of spending from last year's surplus. Money was allocated for programs combating lead poisoning and the opiate abuse epidemic and for staff buyouts at Erie Community College.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is challenging calls by some N.F.L. team owners who say the Buffalo Bills will begin to lose their revenue viability if a new stadium isn’t built.

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Your trips to the supermarket could be impacting the water you drink. That’s one reason why Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is proposing a ban on plastic bags at all stores in the county.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

Information on how to protect yourself from winter weather and where to find various services is available on Erie County's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold website.

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Over the past two weeks, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid the stepping stones to his 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address, local leaders have been vocal over what they hope to hear. High on the list – upstate infrastructure.


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Repairs on Kenmore Avenue, between Military Road and Ontario Street, are complete.

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A report released Thursday by the Erie County Medicaid Inspector General’s Office shows a rise in Medicaid enrollment in Erie County under the Affordable Care Act.

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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz easily rolled by his Republican challenger Ray Walter celebrating a reelection victory.  Poloncarz won a second four year-term as Erie County Executive. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on what Poloncarz wants to accomplish in the next four years.

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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz cruised to victory Tuesday over his Republican challenger Ray Walter, earning a second four-year term as Erie County Executive.

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A series of paintings depicting six former Erie County executives is now on display at the Edward A. Rath County Office Building.

The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.


It won't be open for almost two years but the new science building at ECC North is being described as a game-changer.


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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


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