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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is responding to claims that he covered up a criminal investigation. Though Poloncarz may have referred the matter to the AG's office, Republican County Executive candidate Ray Walter says taxpayers should have been informed.

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.

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As daylight grows shorter, Downtown Buffalo looks different as county officials Tuesday night unveiled a new lighting system showing off one of the city's most familiar landmarks, Old County Hall.

Poloncarz: Erie County to take up to 300 Syrian refugees

Sep 10, 2015

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.

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The biggest single source of cash for Erie County appears to be having a hiccup and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says it's probably because of the declining Canadian dollar.

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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Across New York State sales tax collections are lagging, part of a long-term trend threatening one of the largest taxes collected on the state and local levels.

Pressure mounting for Mascia to resign BMHA post following racial slurs

Jul 24, 2015

The pressure is growing on Joe Mascia to quit his post as a board member of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in the wake of released secretly-recorded racist comments.

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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 search is underway for panelists to join a committee being formed by the Erie County Executive to address language and cultural gaps among the region's various immigrant populations, as members of those populations adapt to life as new U.S. citizens or continue their path toward citizenship.

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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.

Erie County announces waste dropoff dates

Apr 27, 2015

Erie County residents will soon have two opportunities to safely and legally get rid of some unwanted household items.

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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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New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter will be throwing his hat in the ring for the County Executive's race today.

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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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In case of emergency, Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in Erie County.

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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 Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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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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A travel advisory has been issued for Erie County that will extend until further notice.

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Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.