Erie County Executive Mark Polocarz

The Erie County Water Authority may have been mismanaged in 2015 and 2016, according to a recent report by the state's Authorities Budget Office, but the ABO says its actions were not criminal.

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Talk of a trade war, between the U.S. and Canada, is raising concerns among government and business leaders on both sides of the border and organized labor. According to a new study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 470,000 American jobs are at risk.

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he invited Republican Congressman Chris Collins to participate in a Town Hall-style conversation to address ways of reducing mass shootings. But Collins is saying no.

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The annual public hearing is perhaps the most high-profile event in Erie County's budget process. The session Tuesday drew another large crowd as interested parties shared their views of the spending plan prepared by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Comments made by Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino to a local weekly newspaper have led to widespread condemnation of the controversial developer.

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There's now an easier way for local residents to plan for an emergency or natural disaster. Developers believe the "Ready Erie" app will improve communication during difficult times.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced his endorsement of Democratic candidate Monica Wallace for the 143rd District Assembly seat.

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A political rift has developed between the County Executive's office and the leadership of the Erie County Water Authority.

The June issue of Buffalo Spree features the magazine's 11th annual Best of Western New York list. As usual, the list celebrates the best of dining, theater, music, politics, media and more.

Poloncarz Pushes Motorcycle Safety Awareness

May 7, 2016
Erie Country Executive Mark Poloncarz office

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Saturday was the 26th annual ABATE Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Ride .

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As the spotlight continues to reveal the size of the problem, opiate addiction is generating more conversation. The topic drew the community together at a forum Wednesday night at Kenmore West High School.

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A plan announced Wednesday would expand Erie County's lead poisoning prevention programs. County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling on the Legislature to increase program spending by $3.75 million over five years.

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With the presidential campaign heavy on attacks on Muslims and immigrants, local residents rallied in Niagara Square yesterday to defend immigrants and reject those attacks.

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On Sunday County Executive Mark Poloncarz responded to County Legislator Joseph Lorigo's call to reverse his stance on accepting Syrian refugees.

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It's up to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz now, as the fight over electronic cigarettes and a potential ban continues.

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Some leaders of the New Stadium Working Groups say they have no plans for a public meeting. That's despite the call earlier this week by nearly two dozen elected officials for more transparency in the process.

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Detours will be posted on one of the busiest roads in Erie County for the next several months.

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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to get the county back to borrowing on its own, not through the Control Board. The county comptroller, however, may not go along.

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After being rebuffed for several weeks dozens of local clergy showed up unannounced at Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office to push for the reinstatement of a conditional release program at the county jail.

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Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.

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A closer look at Medicaid spending by Erie County shows taxpayers are being ripped off.  Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Thursday that an investigation by the County's Medicaid Inspector General found $127,000 worth of fraudulent claims by some recipients.

Stressed by the economy, Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the department of Social Services needs help and reorganization.

Strike ends quickly at Rural/Metro

Jul 17, 2013

A strike by some 400 EMT's and paramedics at Rural Metro Ambulance is over.  Employees walked off the job at 12:01 Tuesday morning, but company spokesman Brian Lawson said talks continued.

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A contract dispute stretching back to 2007 between Erie County and the CSEA could be resolved soon.  The tentative deal is now in the hands of the rank and file.

Major changes are apparently on the way for County Executive Poloncarz's budget for next year.

The Poloncarz administration will use the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority for its next short-term borrowing.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Friday the control board is able to borrow at a lower rate than if the county did so itself. He said the savings will amount to $50,000.