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Erie County Executive's Office

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."

Visit Buffalo Niagara has created a new campaign called “Bring It Home Buffalo” which focuses on the three Rs. Not reduce, reuse, recycle but rather revitalization, rebirth and resurgence.

Poloncarz: Erie County to take up to 300 Syrian refugees

Sep 10, 2015
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As millions of Syrians flee the violence in their homeland, Erie County's department of Social Services is anticipating the arrival and resettlement of up to 300 refugees here.

Rock legend Paul McCartney coming to First Niagara Center

Aug 25, 2015
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With great fanfare Tuesday morning, officials announced that legendary musician Paul McCartney will be playing a concert at First Niagara Center on October 22. It will be the first performance in Buffalo for the former Beatle.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will sign legislation Wednesday to ban personal care products containing microbeads, the tiny pieces of plastic which can pass through sewage treatment plants and into open water and potentially into fish.

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The push for reliable high-speed broadband internet across the community continues, with a town hall meeting Thursday night in Cheektowaga.

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Summer is peak tourism season in Western New York and an aggressive effort is now underway to attract more visitors to the region.

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There has been another round of park vandalism, this time at the Black Rock Canal Park in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood.

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The annual fight over who will do the borrowing for Erie County is surfacing again, as the county plans to sell tens of millions of dollars in bonds.

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Traffic on one of the busiest roads in Erie County is about to come to a crawl as the final phase of the Kenmore Avenue reconstruction project gets underway next week.

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With a packed house of Democrats in the hall in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' home city of Lackawanna, the incumbent made his re-election candidacy official with a rousing call for another term Tuesday evening.

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With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is out with a nearly $30 million road and bridge plan for the 2015 construction season, that's more than $8 million over what is included in the county budget.

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Erie County legislator Edward Rath III is the latest Republican to announce he will not challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz in this year's county executive race.

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Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz on Thursday kicked off his re-election campaign with his State of the County address while two potential challengers stood just a a few feet away.

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he will not be running for the position of County Executive.

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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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In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

Tobe leaving county government for state job

Jan 15, 2015
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A top official in Erie County government is leaving to take a job in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

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