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Erie County is moving into the field of helping people who want to sign up for the new national health insurance system and don't know how to do it.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is submitting a budget for next year with a steady property tax rate that cuts a few jobs, puts more money into the arts and library, and sets up an economic development office in Toronto.

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A new audit issued by Erie County's comptroller implies the possible abuse of county-issued gas cards to employees. But the county executive says no such cards even exist.

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Several employees in Erie County's Child Protective Services division have been disciplined over their handling of abuse complaints against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy. 

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The Erie County Comptroller says nine vacant positions at Child Protective Services should be filled immediately.

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After some tough negotiations, Erie County has come to a new snow plowing agreement with its towns.

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A state database of spending on Medicaid is giving Erie County officials an eye-opening look at poverty across the county.

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A locomotive smashed through a banner as part of the official opening of a new rail line on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna Wednesday.

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Erie County will not have to repay millions in federal aid it received following the October 2006 surprise storm.

With an improving economy, Erie County might take in enough sales tax to meet budget schedules.

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Word circulated Monday that President Barack Obama could be Buffalo-bound next week. Several newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that the President is planning to conduct an bus tour of four Upstate cities, including Buffalo and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

Poloncarz endorses Brown in mayor's race

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown picked up a big endorsement from a key county democrat. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz appeared with Brown in front of Kleinhans Music Hall Monday morning to endorse Brown's re-election campaign.

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Relief is finally on the way for drivers who have to navigate the jarring obstacle course known as Kenmore Avenue.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is blasting County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw for "destroying the credibility of the Comptroller's Office." Mychajliw claims the administration is preventing auditors from doing their job in a round of fingerpointing over the way confidential documents were handled.

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An approval by Erie County lawmakers will provide greater security at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Bills' games.

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Erie County could face millions of dollars in fines if the federal government determines that the county disclosed confidential records.


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A number of trouble spots on area roads and bridges are scheduled to be fixed this construction season. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has released a list of projects totaling nearly $36 million.

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Members of the Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus are calling for a full investigation into the improper disposal of confidential Social Services documents.

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The privacy of hundreds of Erie County residents has been breached, according to the county's top fiscal watchdog.

In response to a request from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for an audit of overtime in the Sheriff's Department, Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he's going to audit all of the overtime in county government.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz was upbeat Wednesday, saying in his State of the County message that the area is doing well and he has changed the tone of county government.

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A federal audit says Erie County should pay back $48.5 million in disaster relief costs associated with the 2006 'October Surprise' snowstorm. 

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz and other county officials are probing the vast details of Governor Cuomo's budget proposal for anything affecting this part of the state.

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Erie County's new fiscal watchdog says the county is facing a cash crunch. Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he quickly realized there is not enough funding in place to cover a $15 million ECMC payment owed to the state next week.

Under the terms of the Buffalo Bills new lease, improvements to Ralph Wilson Stadium are set to begin in 2013, but the agreement also includes the possibility of replacing the stadium in Orchard Park.  

Over $700 million in funding was awarded to the state's ten Regional Economic Development Councils today.  The Western New York council is receiving $52.8 million for 58 projects.

Ahead of Tuesday's vote on the budget, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling on the legislature to reject amendments being put forth by the minority caucus.

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Again this year, the annual public hearing on the proposed Erie County budget was dominated by cultural agencies and the library system.

The budget proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz would increase taxes by 3.4 percent, but critics say any tax increase is unacceptable. It's not too late for taxpayers to weigh in.

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County Executive Mark Poloncarz has proposed his 2013 budget and now the public will get a turn to weigh in on the subject.

A public hearing on the $1.38 billion budget is scheduled for Monday evening at 5.

The public is invited into the legislative chambers on the 4th floor in Old County Hall.

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