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Applications for a learner's permit, commercial and motorcycle licenses will be taken by the Erie County Auto Bureau as it enters Phase Two of its reopening strategy this week. But in anticipation of a large volume of requests, the Erie County Clerk says the application process will be handled by appointments only.

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Apparently being cooped up at home isn't keeping people from buying homes. Numbers from the Erie County Clerk's Office show home and commercial sales are rolling right along, with taxes from the deals coming in for the county.


Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is introducing a new procedure for motorists who need to surrender vehicle license plates for insurance purposes.

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One month after New York State's Green Light Law took effect, the Erie County Clerk has renewed a legal fight while advocates for those who may take advantage of the law are renewing their recommendation to bring such business to a bureau that will respect the law.

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A judge has dismissed Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns' lawsuit against New York's Green Light law.

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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is suing top state officials over the recent passage of the Green Light Bill, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in New York.

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Two Erie County elected officials say they are concerned about the possible negative consequences of allowing undocument immigrants to obtain a driver's license in New York.

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The Buffalo Bisons will host a game in May celebrating veterans by donating a portion of ticket sales to a project to make capital improvements at more than a dozen local halls and posts. In partnership with the Erie County Clerk's Office and a private sponsor, one thousand veterans will get to watch the Bisons' may 18 home game for free.

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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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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is before the County Legislature Wednesday morning, along with District Attorney John Flynn, Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Board of Elections, on this second day of hearings on County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed budget for next year.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns says he is ready for a full term, while Democratic challenger Angela Marinucci is not sure he actually won. Kearns' victory margin is about 5,600, but there are still 19,000 absentee ballots countywide.  

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The Erie County Clerk's office is ministerial, meaning most of what it does is processing paperwork and issuing documents, like DMV licenses of various sorts and gun permits. In a debate Tuesday night, incumbent Mickey Kearns and Democratic challenger Angela Marinucci agreed on a lot of things.

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Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader David Rivera has issued a ststement, saying he has fired his political campaign treasurer and sent a formal complaint to the New York State Board of Elections.

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Buffalo's Common Council president is raising questions about land deals by an agency City Hall is trying to dissolve.

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So far this year, nearly 500 foreclosure applications have been filed in Erie County. That is why County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been pushing so hard for his program to tell people they do not have to move out and to help local governments deal with the notoriously complicated foreclosure process.


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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is expanding local services and recognition for veterans of the United States military.

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Erie County legislators have unanimously asked Albany to extend the deadline for renewing pistol permits, noting potentially thousands of permit holders have not renewed.

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Cities, towns and villages in Erie County will soon be notified weekly about foreclosures in their communities, potentially allowing them to look for "zombie" homes, buildings in the process of foreclosure which have been abandoned by the homeowners, bringing down neighboring property values.


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A registered Democrat running on the Republican ticket won the seat of Erie County Clerk in Tuesday’s Elections, beating out a political newcomer.


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The campaigns for the Erie County Clerk's office have not begun in earnest, but candidates for the post are beginning to line up.

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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.

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For weeks, the Erie County Clerk has been suggesting a change in the county's closing time for bars. Chris Jacobs now has a supporter in the Erie County Legislature willing to sponsor the proposal.

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The opinions vary, and so do the statistics they use. While Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is continuing his call to consider an earlier closing time for the county's drinking establishments, one county lawmaker questions whether it might actually backfire.

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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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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.

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It has been 18 years since four of Erie County’s top elected officials received a pay hike. A proposal by the Citizens Salary Review Commission says now is the time. At a public hearing Thursday evening, residents got the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

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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.

County implements paperless property transactions

Mar 14, 2014
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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.

Amherst man wrongly identified under SAFE Act

Apr 11, 2013
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New York State Police admitted they wrongly identified a local person under the state's new gun control law.  Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs tells WBFO News State Police told an Amherst resident to surrender his pistol permit under the SAFE Act's mental health reporting rule.

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