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The Erie County Legislature meets Thursday afternoon to take an override vote on the proposed Made in America Act and take up a new measure the act's lone opponent says will be more effective and legal.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that blocks local governments from billing pharmaceutical companies to dispose of unused prescription drugs. That is the position of Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, who is sponsoring legislation to hold drug companies accountable.

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In light of a recent spike in suspected opioid-related deaths in Erie County, an Erie County legislator is proposing an increase in funding to make treatment services more accessible to those who seek help but cannot afford it.


A speedy passage of Erie County's budget for next year temporarily stalled Tuesday over $100,000 to help Visit Buffalo Niagara's efforts to legalize use of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, Upstate.

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An Erie County lawmaker wants to put an end to conversion therapy on youths. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Legislator Patrick Burke has introduced a local law that would ban the practice.   

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Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is proposing legislation that would mandate aides on all school buses.


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Some Legislators are planning to take another shot at revising Erie County's Charter following the county executive's veto of a local law that contained 53 changes.


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Residents of South Buffalo are taking action after learning that a "White Lives Matter" rally has been planned for Cazenovia Park on Saturday. 

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Proponents believe an increase in Erie County's hotel bed tax could go a long way toward cleaning up the region's problematic wastewater overflows. Opponents argue the proposal would hamper the area's competitiveness in the tourism industry.


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The Erie County Legislature approved a local law Thursday which aims to  prevent concussions in youth sports. Though a near-majority passed the measure, the lone opponent sparked a passionate debate.


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Youth sports coaches and managers in Erie County may soon be required to take a brief course on concussion awareness and safety. A proposal is on the table in the Erie County Legislature and, Thursday morning, lawmakers heard testimony from people who have front-line knowledge of concussion safety.


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Erie County is looking at plans to require every athletic event to have someone on hand who is trained in concussion protocol.


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Factions in the Erie County Legislature are arguing over how to do something about the problem of sports concussions among young people.

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There is something of a Constitutional confrontation underway between Washington and Erie County regarding recently-passed bans on microbeads in personal care products.


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It was a busy day Thursday for the Erie County Legislature as it passed legislation to regulate pawn shops, supported earlier drinking hours on Sunday and asked Albany to require minimum staffing in hospitals and nursing homes.


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Erie County lawmakers hosted a 90-minute meeting Thursday morning to gather information and address concerns about Syrian refugees that are expected to arrive in the near future.

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If you’ve ever tried to purchase alcohol before noon on a Sunday, you know that it’s forbidden by state law. One Erie County lawmaker is starting a local push to get that law changed. 

Attack places spotlight on school bus aides

Nov 27, 2015
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The attack on a Buffalo school student on a school bus by other students is re-opening the debate about bus aides.

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The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation banning the sale of products containing microbeads in Erie County. The proposed measure is believed to be the strongest ban on microbeads in the nation.

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Erie County took another step in its push into broadband yesterday, with the County Legislature agreeing to spend $63,000 toward a study on how to make sure all of the county has web access available.


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Cosmetics and other products that end up polluting local waterways could soon be banned from store shelves in Erie County.


Could municipal internet work in Buffalo?

Dec 9, 2014
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Faster internet access for everyone is the goal that two Western New Yorkers are trying to accomplish. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to the organizers of ‘Free the Web’ about the benefits of bringing municipal internet to the region.

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A cheaper alternative may be on the way to the broadband internet services currently available in Erie County. The Legislature is going to explore the possibility of starting its own county-wide network.

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Members of the Erie County Legislature raised their privacy concerns over cell phone spying with Sheriff Timothy Howard on Thursday.