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Lease negotiations between Erie County and the Buffalo Bills regarding the use of Ralph Wilson Stadium are progressing.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz anticipates that the framework for a deal can be in place by the end of next month. One aspect of the talks is the issue of stadium renovations that will carry a $200 million price tag. The current deal expires in July.

A memorandum of understanding needs to be reached between the parties before an actual lease can be hammered out.
 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is facing questions regarding a fundraiser he held last week in Albany.

The Albany region is a rich resource for statewide politicians, but reasons for the local official to tap into that audience remain unanswered. The News reports that a spokesperson for Poloncarz has also refused to divulge who attended and how much money was raised. Those questions, though, will be answered during the mandatory reporting period in July.

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More than 50 billboards are up across Erie County encouraging people to join their local volunteer fire department.  It's part of a statewide recruitment drive in conjunction with "National Volunteer Week," which includes an open house at many departments this weekend. 

Poloncarz releases four-year plan for Erie County

Apr 10, 2012
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A new four-year financial plan for Erie County has been released by County Executive Mark Poloncarz. The former county comptroller says the document is designed to more accurately reflect expenses and revenues from the previous proposals by former County Executive Chris Collins.

While Collins called for numerous job cuts, Poloncarz holds the line on county employment. The proposal calls for a seven percent increase in employment expenses by 2015, but also projects the reduction in the work force of about 50 jobs through attrition.

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Critics and supporters offer various grades regarding the performance of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz after 100 days in office.

Some, like Republican legislators Kevin Hardwick and Lynne Dixon, believe it's too early to give any grade besides an "incomplete."

Democratic supporters are offering high marks to Poloncarz while the County Executive has given himself an "A-minus or a B-plus."

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says, starting tomorrow, the county's Rodent Control Program will be restored to full strength.  Poloncarz pledged its reinstatement, if elected. 

"Tomorrow is a bad day to be a rat," Poloncarz joked.

Speaking to reporters at the Rath Building, the County Executive noted the previous administration cut the Rodent Control Program to the bone.  That, according to Poloncarz, proved to be a serious mistake.

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A local law legislating cyberbullying is now on the books in Erie County.  County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the measure today after it gained passage in the legislature last month. 

The law makes cyberbullying against a minor or a student a misdemeanor crime punishable by as long as a year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000. 

But in signing the law, Poloncarz also expressed "serious doubts" about whether or not it is enforceable in its current form. 

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Plans to build a new Eric Community College (ECC) building at its North Campus in Amherst have drawn steady criticism over the past year from opponents who argue the project would perpetuate suburban sprawl.

A prominent pollster in New York says last week's election victory by Erie County Executive-elect Mark Poloncarz validated an early October poll that found the Democrat gaining ground in his race against incumbent Republican Chris Collins.

When the Siena Research Institute released its first poll on the county executive's race, the Collins campaign was harshly critical.  Campaign spokesman Stefan Mychajliw characterized the poll as "flawed," that it was just another media-sponsored poll that gets it wrong every time.  Except that this time, Siena was right.

Buffalo Mayor Brown on Mark Poloncarz

Nov 10, 2011

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is talking about his late decision to endorse Erie County Executive-Elect Mark Poloncarz.  Speaking to WBFO Thursday, he acknowledged his warm working relationship with the current county executive, Chris Collins, and responded to the question why he'd choose his bitter election rival.

Erie County Executive's Race: Incumbent Chris Collins

Nov 4, 2011

WBFO invited the candidates for Erie County Executgive into our studio for one-on-one interviews with reporter Michael Mroziak.  Here online is his interview with the Republican incumbent, Chris Collins, in its entirety.

Erie County Executive's Race: Candidate Mark Poloncarz

Nov 3, 2011

WBFO invited the Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger into our studios to be interviewed in advance of next week's elections.  First, WBFO's Michael Mroziak spoke with the challenger, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz.  Portions of the interview were aired on 88.7FM.  Here, we provide the interview in its entirety.

On Friday, Mroziak's interview with the incumbent, Chris Collins, will be aired in part on 88.7 FM and in its entirety on WBFO.org.

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