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How to spend Erie County's money was up to the public Monday evening, in an annual ritual of the county budget process.

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The Erie County Department of the Health has begun notifying the county Legislature about COVID-19 outbreaks in local nursing homes, but it is still not notifying the general public.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared Thursday that COVID case numbers continue to increase, and he predicts a "dark time" in the coming weeks.

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There was no decision made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday whether the portion of Erie County already in a COVID "yellow zone" may soon move to orange or red restrictions. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he expected to hear from Albany soon, while admitting the rising case numbers are discouraging.

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Monday is the last day for those involved in tough elections in Erie County to object to some votes cast, before the final count starts Tuesday.

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The Erie County Health Department is changing its COVID-19 diagnostic testing criteria.

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It's going to be a long November for some local political candidates in Erie County, with counting of mailed-in ballots weeks away and the final deadline after Thanksgiving.

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Voters are clearly excited about this presidential election, as they vote early in person or by mail.

The Poloncarz administration has announced a new grant program called Erie County Back to Business, funded with $20 million from the federal CARES Act.

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Erie County is faced with major spending cuts for next year, after cutting planned spending this year. County Executive Mark Poloncarz is working with an alliance of government, community and business groups pleading with Washington for another bailout of state and local governments.

With Erie County's budget for next year a month away, county legislators will find out Thursday morning how this year's budget is going.

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COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Erie County and the death toll continues to rise, with seven county residents dying in just the last week, mostly in nursing homes. That brings the death toll since the pandemic began to 689.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says hundreds of gyms, fitness centers and other operations are in danger of being shut down because they didn't follow the rules related to COVID-19.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is tightening security on its computer systems as the country heads toward a presidential election.

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Erie County's elections commissioners may meet with U.S. Postal Service officials this week to make sure the cutbacks at Buffalo's main post office on William Street and in Rochester aren't going to interfere with voting by mail in November.

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The last iron beam was added to TMP Technologies' new facility at the former Bethlehem Steel site. TMP becomes the first tenant to the 150-acre commerce park owned by the Erie County-backed Industrial Land Development Corporation.

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Numerous subjects were discussed at Erie County’s weekly COVID-19 update. The numbers continue to remain low across the board, but Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein warns most people are still susceptible to COVID-19.

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Erie County legislators say they want to take a hard look at millions of dollars paid in overtime during the COVID-19 pandemic to salaried employees.

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The Erie County Legislature has approved a plan to close a nearly $138 million deficit in the current year's county budget.

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Erie County is continuing to see the gradual slide downwards in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and may have emerged unscathed from people over Memorial Day weekend who shed social distancing rules for sun and heat. County Executive Mark Poloncarz said this means the county is continuing on a path to a Phase Three re-opening, which would allow indoor operations in bars and restaurants, potentially as early as Tuesday.

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As Erie County struggles with the fiscal fallout from the coronavirus crisis, a major change in the way the county operates is high on the list of proposals to balance the budget.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says concern and fear of the novel coronavirus is keeping people from getting health care they need and keeping parents from taking their kids in for routine care and routine vaccinations.

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Erie County remains on the pathway to moving into the next phase of re-opening New York, even with problems involving hospitalizations. That is the word from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, even after the Memorial Day holiday.

An apparent fatal drug overdose is suspected after three bodies were discovered in an Oliver Street apartment in North Tonawanda.

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The New York State Child Care Availability Task Force was established 18 months ago to dive into what officials call the child care "crisis" afflicting the state. After just a couple of months of pandemic, however, words like "devastation" and "decimation" are being used. Here are their interim findings and recommendations.

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Both the Erie County Health Commissioner and Lieutenant Governor were delivering messages to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend but with the same careful practices that, they both insist, will help the region continue to curb the COVID spread and advance into further gradual reopening of businesses and institutions.

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Erie County's troubled finances go in front of the legislature again Thursday, with little resolution in sight other than massive cuts in spending and staff. That may happen, unless there is some agreement in Washington on a state and local government bailout along the lines of what has been given to American business.

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Erie County is starting to move aggressively into antibody testing of residents.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, during his Friday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, admitted a feeling of disappointment that the Western New York economic region remains short of the necessary goals needed to get New York State's approval to begin reopening the economy. He's also unhappy that a neighboring region is entering phase one, stating their numbers are going in the wrong direction.

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After showing a two-week downward trend in COVID hospitalizations, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a disappointing uptick Wednesday. The reversal rules out the possibility of Erie County and its four fellow counties within the state's Western New York Economic Region from entering phase one of reopening when New York's PAUSE order is lifted Friday.