Mark Poloncarz

WBFO News file photo

It has been 18 years since four of Erie County’s top elected officials received a pay hike. A proposal by the Citizens Salary Review Commission says now is the time. At a public hearing Thursday evening, residents got the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

More than 1,000 Democratic Committee members gathered in Lackawanna on Saturday to vote on candidates for Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The iconic Bethlehem Steel sign was unveiled at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in South Buffalo Thursday. The raising of the historic sign serves as a reminder of Buffalo’s rich steel heritage.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Abbott Road between Route 20A and Armor Duells Road in Orchard Park will soon be resurfaced. The roadway was added to the list of 60 roadways in Erie County to be completed by the end of this year.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An unusual public sculpture was unveiled at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Tuesday. The art project is one of several to be unveiled across the region as part of the Public Art Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the city of Buffalo, Erie County, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz bucked prevailing opinion recently when he challenged the NFL's assertion that the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium. In this week's Press Pass on WBFO, Jim Fink of Business First discussed the delicate politics connected with the issue.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

File photo

Erie County is conducting special water sampling in Lake Erie along the shoreline to look for the toxic algae that shut down the water in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.

Local leaders collaborate to promote safety in parks

Jul 9, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Erie County leaders are collaborating to promote safety and maintain a family-friendly atmosphere in county parks.

Peter Anderson.

A new community bike and footpath officially opened in Tonawada, Monday. Elected officials and local leaders took part in a ribbon cutting celebration of the Sherwood Greenway Trail.

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's agreement and disagreement inside county government. While all agree that Erie County's vast network of roads is in bad shape, there is disagreement on what to do.

EMS Week highlights work of first responders

May 19, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Erie County observed the 40th annual EMS Week on Monday. The national celebration aims to highlight the lifesaving teamwork displayed by emergency personnel.

File photo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

May 2, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

Local actors celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday

Apr 23, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Cast and crew members of Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrated the writer’s 450th birthday Wednesday. The group read excerpts of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets, monolouges and plays all day in honor of his legacy.

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced a list of area roadways that will be under construction this season. The county plans to spend $27 million on the infrastructure projects if the legislature approves an additional $4.5 million.

Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

Poloncarz calls on IDA to address wage inequality

Apr 8, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Officials in Erie County observed National Equal Pay Day Tuesday. The symbolic day aims to draw attention to the issue of income inequality between working men and women.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank.

Buffalo-Niagara population on the rise

Mar 31, 2014
Rich Mitchell / Some Rights Reserved

The population of Buffalo Niagara is on the rise. United States Census Bureau data shows that the region’s population saw a boost of 348 people since 2012.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has ordered that flags at all county buildings be flown at half staff  in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr.

Tournament parking prices raise eyebrows

Mar 21, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Some fans making their way into downtown Buffalo for yesterday's NCAA basketball games experienced sticker shock while trying to park their car. Many were stunned to learn they’d be paying a hefty fee at the lots near First Niagara Center.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it is a "big win" to have IBM as the anchor tenant in the new Buffalo IT Innovation and Commercialization Hub.

Photo courtesy of EC Executive Mark Poloncarz

Flooding affected the Lexington Green neighborhood of West Seneca.  Buffalo Creek began overflowing its banks during the 5:00 hour Friday afternoon.

With a warming trend on the way that is expected to melt the region's thick snowpack, local municipalities are bracing for potential flooding.