Erie County

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said they are no better than a corner drug dealer. He was referring to corporate opioid makers. Poloncarz sees the county's lawsuits against them benefitting from an Oklahoma judge's ruling this week that Johnson & Johnson intentionally played down the risks, oversold the benefits of the drugs and must pay $572 million.

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Farmers markets are a sea of choices: food that's good for you, food that's probably not all that good for you and food you just want to eat. WBFO's Mike Desmond was escorted through Buffalo's downtown market Thursday with experts on food and nutrition for help sorting out all the choices.

Erie County legislators are now free to vote on a plan to create a new Division of Consumer Protection, after no one showed up Monday evening for a public hearing on the proposal.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed into law the creation of a new panel which, when seated, will observe and advise those who manage the county's jails in order to ensure those incarcerated are given fair treatment.

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Body cameras for Erie County deputy sheriffs are moving closer to reality, with bids in Wednesday to supply the cameras and the computer capacity to make the system work.

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Lancaster has gone to the dogs. Officials and their four-legged friends gathered at Como Lake Park in Lancaster Thursday to announce plans for a new dog park.

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A five-year study by the New York State Cancer Registry found four areas of the state had higher than average incidences of lung, kidney, prostate, colorectal, oral and esophageal cancers. While the state continues to collect data and find root causes, Erie County has engaged the University at Buffalo for an outreach program.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is non-committal when it comes to removing county clerks from office if they refuse to enforce the newly passed Green Light law. He, instead, is looking forward to its day in court. That was just one of the post-legislative session topics discussed on public radio Monday.

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Erie County will be getting a Corrections Specialist Advisory Board. It comes after a vote in the County Legislature Thursday in a meeting that involved some personal insults among members and a lot of citizens and supporters of the board in the Legislature Chambers.

State effort to legalize marijuana goes up in smoke

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Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) - who introduced New York's measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana - says the effort has gone up in smoke. In a statement released late Wednesday morning, Krueger said "it is clear the measure will not pass this session," but called it only "a delay," not the "end of the road."

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The Erie County Legislature held a public hearing Thursday evening, but not a single speaker showed up. That was unexpected, because the hearing revolved around the plan for a Corrections Advisory Board, which has been controverial.

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It's not clear when Albany will finally finish its study on the high rate of certain cancers on Buffalo's East Side and into Cheektowaga. However, Erie County is ready to award a contract for educating residents about what to do.

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Meet Erie County's temporary hired help to take on an invasive plant removal pilot project. They come with four legs and a big appetite. And they're now truly eating away a big problem in Como Lake Park.

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The vast sanitary sewer network run by Erie County continues to spend a lot of money to make sure it takes in as little water as possible in water from cracked pipes, gutter downspouts, sump pumps or even leaking manhole covers. Extra water coming in can mean the pipe overflows and dumps contaminated water into area waterways.

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As of October 2020, New York State residents will not be able to fly domestically without proper documentation, nor will they be able to enter certain federal facilities.

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

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In November, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be on the ballot, seeking another term. Wednesday, he was in the Albright-Knox Art Galley auditorium laying out future plans in his State of the County message.


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A lot of people in Erie County are interested in the Erie County Water Authority. They get their water from the system, which covers much of the county. The authority is also a long-controversial source of political patronage, essentially its entire half-century. It brought more attention to itself with a recent full-page ad in the Buffalo News.

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In the world of Erie County politics, anything is fair game for an attack. The newest fight is over a book written by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, slated to be published later this year.

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Stray cats in Erie County might get new homes faster under a local law adopted Thursday by the Erie County Legislature.

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Several local institutions and local governments are teaming up to reduce the effects of climate change. As WBFO's Chris Caya the partners are planning to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels. 

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Before the Buffalo Bills open their exhibition season this summer, Erie County will be putting around $3 million into a series of projects in Orchard Park, including a new playing surface for the stadium.


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Erie County businesses have a new way to finance environmental improvements, under legislation approved Thursday by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Erie County legislators are considering recommendations to raise the pay of some top county officials. At a public hearing Thursday night, no one directly attacked the proposals.

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A welfare fraud sweep found four Erie County residents stole more than $42,000 dollars in public benefits. They have been arrested and face multiple charges including grand larceny.

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Tim Hogues is moving from Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services to County Commissioner of Personnel. County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the appointment effective immediately, although it must be confirmed by the Legislature.

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Boards of elections across New York State will be going to their county governments fairly soon to get extra cash to pay for elections this year, elections much changed by Albany and with more changes to come.

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With the winter storm departing, the cleanup is continuing. Attention now turns to the weather turning warmer, melting snow and ice and potentially clogging area streams.

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County officials met with community organizations and law enforcement working to end human trafficking and identify victims.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is using the nationwide shingles vaccine shortage as another example of why the federal government needs to get back to work. He spoke at a New York pharmacy to demonstrate the extent of the shutdown, which is now nearly a month old.

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