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State Senate candidate Chris Jacobs is proposing a reform agenda that he says, will "bring Democracy back" to Albany. The plan includes ending Albany's three men in a room culture. Jacobs, a Buffalo Republican says, to get it done he will push for creating a bipartisan "Reform Caucus" of like minded legislators from both the Senate and Assembly.

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The Erie County Board of Elections has issued mixed rulings regarding two petitions in the upcoming race for the New York State Senate 60th District.


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Transportation companies looking to hire new workers are hitting roadblocks at the state DMV. Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs says the wait time for a Commercial Driver License road test can be as long as three months.

The tussle continues over revenue retention between New York State and its local governments. That fight includes the millions of fees gathered by auto bureaus.

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It was a twist-filled week for political wags who are closely watching the race for the 60th State Senate, a seat that could play a pivotal role in shaping Albany's balance of power.

In the span of several days, the following developments occurred:

* Democratic incumbent Marc Panepinto, who has only served in the State Senate for 14 months, stunned observers by announcing he will not seek reelection.

* The state’s primary ethics agency reportedly launched an initial inquiry into complaints surrounding Panepinto’s office.

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Chris Jacobs, the Erie County Clerk and former Buffalo School Board member, is now officially a candidate for the New York State Senate seat that will be soon given up by its current holder.

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Western New Yorkers will be dealing with that rarest of political prizes in the State Legislature: an open seat following Senator Marc Panepinto's decision to not run for a second term.


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After months of debate, Erie County legislators rejected a push to move bar closing hours back from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Buffalo Place board recommends earlier bar closing times

Oct 28, 2015
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The board of directors for Buffalo Place, the downtown-based economic promoters, have voted in favor of earlier bar closing times in Erie County. The vote, however, was split with four board members expressing opposition to the idea.


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Allen Street may be a legendary local drinking and partying street in the neighborhood but the Allentown Association is tiring of some alcohol-fueled behavior. The group is backing the push to move last call from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.


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Even though a poll shows residents support closing bars earlier in Erie County, Legislature Majority Leader Joe Lorigo is unswayed by the results.


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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is pushing to close a serious loophole in drivers license regulations that could pose a danger to the public.

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Is your license plate showing signs of peeling? If so, you're not alone. 

Auto bureau revenue proposal draws mixed reviews

May 7, 2015
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One day after promoting the financial benefits to Erie County of completing vehicle registration renewals through local auto bureaus, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs was before the County Legislature's Economic Development Committee on Thursday to support a proposed law that would designate how those revenues would be spent.

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Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he will not be running for the position of County Executive.

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Those who have purchased a home are familiar with the lengthy, paperwork-filled closing process. The Erie County Clerk says he's working to change that.

Erie County Auto Bureau to offer online reservations

Sep 25, 2014
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Motorists could experience minimal wait times with a new auto bureau reservation system. Erie County launched the online check-in system at several auto bureau locations Thursday.

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In honor of National ‘Donate Life’ month Erie County has launched a year-long campaign to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State.

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A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

Generations of local lawyers have trudged to County Hall to file legal papers. Now, fewer and fewer of them will have to, with the County Clerk's office embracing electronic filing.

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Erie County officials are warning property owners about a scam making its way into local mailboxes.

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Several local members of state legislative delegation hosted a forum in Buffalo Wednesday on Governor Andrew Cuomo's new SAFE Act, which contains the toughest gun control measures in the nation.

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Local taxpayers will be catching a break thanks to some unanticipated revenue in the Office of the Erie County Clerk.

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Calls have been pouring into the Erie County Clerk's office requesting information about revisions to the state's gun laws.

New Erie County Clerk begins post

Dec 12, 2011
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Chris Jacobs is now officially the Erie County Clerk.  Jacobs, who moves into the new job after serving on the Buffalo School Board, was elected to the post in a very close race against Maria Whyte. 

WBFO's Michael Mroziak caught up with Jacobs late last week, as he finally spoke about the transition nearly one month after Election Day.

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