Erie County

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On a day when Gov. Andrew Cuomo will explain how he will deal with a $6 billion, Erie County is looking at a small surplus for 2019.

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Erie County is looking at another hefty bill for renovations and repairs at Erie County Community College North.

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Large parts of urban and rural Erie County are closer to having high-speed broadband for residences and businesses.

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Erie County has a budget for next year, with more money for roads and bridges, county jobs, aid for city streets and no full-time SWAT team for the Sheriff's Department.

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After years of looking at the upper floors of the Rath Building and spending millions of dollars on renovation and asbestos removal, Erie County is looking down into the foundations to see if there is a problem with road salt.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is sending a clear message to the Trump administration: Send more refugees here. Poloncarz and other county executives across the country are now required to opt-in to allow future refugee resettlement in their districts.


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The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has announced grants of $100,000 each to three New York counties to support the development of Age-Friendly Centers of Excellence.

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A lot of Erie County voters took advantage of the new early voting system to cast their ballots before Tuesday's Election Day.

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Nearly 5,000 residents of Erie County took advantage of New York's new system of early voting over the weekend.

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Priorities, spending, taxes, the future home of the Buffalo Bills, economic development and the red/green budget. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and county legislator Lynne Dixon squared off at Hilbert College Wednesday night in their first debate.

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Erie County's property tax rate will drop in the budget proposed Tuesday by county executive Mark Poloncarz, who is running for re-election against county legislator Lynne Dixon.

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Across much of Erie County, town and village officials are deciding if they want a small piece of the federal dollars flowing through the Erie County Urban County Consortium. A meeting in Springville Tuesday evening was the first of three to talk about the 2020 grant program.

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.

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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