Mark Poloncarz

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


Chris Caya WBFO News

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.

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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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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."


Chris Caya WBFO News

More pre-kindergartners in Erie County will be screened for developmental delays under an initiative, announced by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, to reduce poverty.

A speedy passage of Erie County's budget for next year temporarily stalled Tuesday over $100,000 to help Visit Buffalo Niagara's efforts to legalize use of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, Upstate.

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Across the country, many municipalities are grappling with the idea of challenging federal law and providing forms of sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. One local legislator believes proposals for sanctuary policies are on the rise, and is out to ensure Erie County doesn’t adopt one.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw leveled serious allegations against County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday.

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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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The proposed 2017 Erie County budget released Friday morning by County Executive Mark Poloncarz funds mandates while increasing allocations to art and cultural organizations and invests in anti-poverty initiatives, while offering a small decrease in average property tax rates.

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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.

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As fall weather settles in - Erie County Highway crews are starting their last major road project of the season.

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It's been two years since a section of Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence was shut because the creek washed the road away. One county legislator is vowing to remedy that situation.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They say a bill under consideration on Capitol Hill has good intentions, seeking to protect children in at-risk situations. But saying the proposed "Family First" bill is flawed and potentially very costly to county governments, county executives from both ends of the state, including Buffalo, are calling on New York's two senators to reject the measure.


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Several legislators are blasting Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz over the poor condition of some rural roads.


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The Erie County Board of Elections is closed today in the wake of a smoky fire in the 134 West Eagle headquarters.

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After going nearly a year without a contract, some local nurses and their union continue to work on bargaining for a new agreement. But while representatives are at the table, others are practicing their picketing.


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."

A project to replace the Bailey Avenue bridges over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek has been announced.

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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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