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

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

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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.

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

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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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Authorities in Erie County are rebuking a report that Child Protective Services workers did not protect an Amherst child who was killed last week.

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Jan 10, 2014
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land.

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Questions have been raised about the hiring of Robb Poloncarz by the  Erie County Board of Elections.

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A public hearing on a proposal to restrict natural gas fracking in Erie County Monday turned into an attack on opponents and on Governor Cuomo for blocking fracking statewide.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz will hear about the pros and cons of natural gas fracking Monday afternoon as he holds a public hearing on limiting the energy source in Erie County.

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During his weekly radio show Wednesday, Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expressed concern over whether the Bills lose a competitive edge playing home games in Toronto. Brandon says the series held in the Rogers Centre will "be reviewed in a grand manner." Meanwhile, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he would like to see all Bills home games played in Orchard Park.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.