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For Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner, Election Day went well, as endorsed candidates won and stayed on track for the County Legislature and Common Council. That is a good sign for the party, as it pushes to re-elect County Executive Mark Poloncarz and hold control of the Legislature.

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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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Erie County lawmakers sitting on the Legislature's Public Safety Committee heard input Thursday from three guests as they weigh a proposed local law which would establish what they're calling the Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board.

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The Erie County Legislature agreed to put up the $5 million promised to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, but it was along fight.

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Less than two years ago, April Baskin was a candidate for the Erie County Legislature. On Monday, she was elected its chairwoman, moving up from the majority leader post she gained as soon as she became a legislator.

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Retiring Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo was honored in a special ceremony Thursday that also announced his successor.

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Buffalo has a new interim City Comptroller, after a Common Council appointment Tuesday. It is an appointment subject to the voters in June and November.

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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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The annual struggle over who will serve on the board of the political patronage-riddled Erie County Water Authority continues, after an Erie County Legislature committee interviewed the two candidates for a three-year term on the board.

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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has announced her candidacy for Erie County Executive.

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Erie County lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21.

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If New York State passes legislation which eliminates cash bail for many crimes, Erie County lawmakers want to be sure those accused of domestic violence are prevented from obtaining a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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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 Legislators voted Thursday to ask the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to seek Washington's much deeper pockets and ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare Tonawanda Coke a federal Superfund site and help pay for its cleanup.

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There is a new name being read in roll calls at the Erie County Legislature. The legislature on Thursday named Cheektowaga Deputy Supervisor Timothy Meyers as the replacement for Legislator Patrick Burke.

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There is a shift in the political makeup of the Erie County Legislature after longtime Republican Kevin Hardwick announced Tuesday that he will be caucusing with the Legislature's Democrats, as of Jan. 1.

Thurman Thomas adds voice to push for cash bail reform

Dec 13, 2018
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Pro football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas sat before an Erie County Legislature committee Thursday, expressing his support for cash bail reform in New York State.

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Western New Yorkers are remembering former state Sen. Walter Floss Jr. The Clarence Republican with nearly four decades of public service died Dec. 8 at the age of 95. He will be buried Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Swormville.

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While the major issue on Thursday's agenda was next year's budget, the Erie County Legislature also passed two other significant pieces of legislation.

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Majority Democrats passed the Erie County budget they wanted Thursday, with a lot of new spending and a tax cut. That is because the county is awash in cash, particularly because sales tax revenue is so far above expectations.

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There wasn't much opposition Thursday evening to a proposed Erie County law that would further restrict smoking and vaping in vehicles and outdoor spaces.

With Erie County deep into the budget process for next year, county legislators voted Thursday to make some changes in the way it's asked to create new jobs.


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While development plans and projects continue, City Hall is still talking about setting quotas for how many units in Buffalo projects involving public money should be affordable.

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After several years of talk about the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings, local officials are hoping for definitive answers from a new investigation begun by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

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The Erie County Legislature voted 10-1 Thursday to appoint former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones to the Erie County Water Authority board. Jones, a Republican, is the third Amherst attorney to be on the three-member board. Meanwhile, five lawmakers failed - by one vote - to fire ECWA Board Chairman Jerome Schad.

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The death of 27-year-old India Cummings after more than two weeks at the Erie County Holding Center in 2016 was in the spotlight at County Hall on Wednesday, with criticism of the care and treatment of inmates there taking center stage.


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Area unions are pushing back against the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME decision, which allows public employees to gain pay and benefits under union contracts without paying union dues. Union leaders made clear during a news conference Monday they expect a future push to do the same to private sector unions.

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The Erie County Legislature locked itself up Thursday in a round of recesses, legislative clarifications and proposed amendments of proposed amendments. It was over a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting public employee union rights to collect dues from non-members.

Erie County legislators will be asked Thursday to make some budget transfers to cover costs from the Hepatitis A rush vaccinations in February. Covering the costs of staff and vaccines meant a county Health Department account is $74,000 over budget, with half a year to go.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday gave Water Authority chairman Jerome Schad two choices: accept the recommendation that he quit or wait out the ten days until legislators can fire him.

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