Mark Poloncarz

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The 2018 budget proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz cuts the county's property tax rate by one penny to $4.94 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give police and prosecutors new tools in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Erie County Executive's Office

Local officials and business owners came together for the signing of a new executive order that focuses on hiring local labor for large construction projects in Erie County.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Republican federal tax reform plan would be disastrous to homeowners, and to the local economy. That's the assessment of two local Democrats who joined with the representative of a local realtors' group to reject a proposal eliminating a tax deduction that's been in place for more than a century.


Erie County

Como Lake Park is a jewel of Erie County, with thousands of Cheektowaga and Lancaster residents living close by and walking, biking or driving to its facilities. Erie County is starting to resolve a large slug of mud in the middle of the park's lake.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has a week to decide if he wants to approve a local law giving 'Made in America' preference to contracts over $10,000, then send it to the voters for a decision.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County hosted a Poverty Summit in downtown Buffalo Thursday. The all-day gathering was organized to discuss issues while also pursue changes that may help bring people out of an ongoing poverty cycle.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Racism, bigotry, and Donald Trump were denounced Wednesday during a prayer vigil in the historic Durham Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in downtown Buffalo.

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The Erie County Comptroller is blasting a proposal to hire a consultant that would analyze and determine feasibility of an expanded or new convention center. But his rejection of the idea is generating its own criticism.


WBFO's Nick Lippa

Cleanup efforts are continuing after  three tornadoes touched down Thursday in Southern Erie County and Allegany County.

Erie County Executive

If you have a date in downtown court, you are advised to double-check the court schedule upon arrival.

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Erie County's economy continues to grow. Just last week, a financial services firm announced plans to locate in Amherst, bringing 1,500 jobs to the region. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he wants to continue that momentum with a plan he's calling "Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0."

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed an executive order Friday that calls on the county to continue its effort to reduce its carbon footprint. His order follows President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

3M

The world's largest sponge-making facility is located right here in Western New York - and now the 3M plant in Tonawanda is expanding.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County legislators are lining up in support of a proposed law intended to protect senior citizens living in assisted care homes. The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee discussed the proposal, known as "Ruthie's Law."


WBFO's Mike Desmond

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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The cuts announced to UB's athletics department this week are "just wrong" according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.


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Tuesday, April 4, marks National Equal Pay Day - symbolizing  how far into 2017 women must work to earn the same amount as men did in 2016.

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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.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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.

Erie County "Safer Seniors" website goes online

Mar 28, 2017
Erie County Senior Services

A new web page has been put online by the Erie County Senior Services Department that offers ratings of nursing homes within the county. If the County Executive has his way, Safer Senior Homes will be just one of several measures enacted to further protect residents of local senior homes.


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

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A borrowing agreement involving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, one that would help the latter fund construction of a major capital project, fell short of approval in the Erie County Legislature. The County Executive says with no deal in place, the county faces a deficit that will result in cuts to other services.


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Redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel site, in Lackawanna, is another step closer to reality. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved buying nearly 150 acres of the site along Route 5 Thursday. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says, it's an important purchase for the IDA and the County.

WBFO's Chris Caya

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.

City of Buffalo

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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After signing executive orders to pursue construction of a new wall along the Mexican border and to withhold federal grant money from cities harboring immigrants not living in the U.S. legally, President Donald Trump is expected to sign an order temporarily blocking entry into the U.S.  from several predominantly Muslim nations. A local elected leader who has encouraged the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Erie County calls Trump's stance "un-American."


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