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Rep. Brian Higgins has announced the death of former longtime Erie County Legislator Mike Fitzpatrick.

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Erie County legislators hoping to pull back County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s COVID emergency powers will need to wait longer to vote on the matter.

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The Erie County Legislature's Public Safety Committee invited Sheriff Timothy Howard to face questions Thursday about alleged acts of misconduct by personnel within his department. The Sheriff defended his Office's professional standards procedures in a nearly two-hour meeting that got heated at times.

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The Erie County Legislature voted Thursday to pass two resolutions, both supporting an independent investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now accused of sexual harassment by three women.

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Erie County Legislators have voted to restore a position within the Department of Social Services that comes with a hefty raise. Opponents of the hire say the County Executive overstepped his authority to bring back the position, while the Comptroller claims it’s a political patronage hire designed to create an upcoming candidacy for political office – the one he seeks next.

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Dominique Calhoun and Myles Carter, two names connected to local social justice movements, have announced Democratic Primary campaigns for the Erie County legislator and sheriff, respectively.


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The Erie County Legislature has approved the first of several Erie Community College contracts to bring all three campuses up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards, costs that will eventually total several million dollars.

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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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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution demanding the county Department of Health be more transparent about COVID-19 outbreaks at local nursing homes. 

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With autumn officially arriving next Tuesday, Erie County lawmakers are proposing the use of federal CARES relief money to help establishments set up outdoor dining spaces during the winter months.

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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The table is getting larger on two significant environmental cleanups locally, with community advisory boards being set up.

Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Legislature met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of consolidating the local jails.

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The Erie County Legislature has joined the call for an independent investigation into how New York state has handled the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.


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Democrats among the Erie County Legislature are calling Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw's declaration of a budget deficit "premature" and even a "power grab," while his office says making such a declaration was their duty under the county charter.

Citing a lack of leadership at the federal level, Erie County Legislative Chairwoman April Baskin says the county is taking further initiative to help those most affected by COVID-19.


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As Erie County residents continue to adjust to the new normal of COVID-19, county legislature chairwoman April Baskin is looking at how to improve the safety of essential workers who rely on public transportation.


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Members of the Erie County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee were advised Thursday morning of the county's short-term and medium-term goals for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein told lawmakers that the ongoing effort will not be quick, and that even after the local peak comes and goes, the virus will never entirely be eradicated.

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In a unanimous vote Thursday, Erie County Legislators approved a $5 million fund requested by the County Executive to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

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Most homeowners opening their tax bills this season probably think the bill is too high. For Erie County homeowners, they may be right.

 

A budgeting error has caused thousands of residents to be overcharged a total of $4.4 million on their recent property tax bills. The nearly 200,000 incorrect bills were sent to the county's cities and larger suburbs like Amherst and Tonawanda. Impacted residents were overcharged $6.79 per $100,000 dollars of assessed value. 

 


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Newly-re-elected Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin said there is a lot for legislators to do this year and she hopes they can work together after a rough election campaign.

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The Erie County Legislature has unanimously approved a five-year body camera program for the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

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Democrats kept control of the Erie County Legislature in Tuesday's election, maintaining a 7-4 majority in the chamber.

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Every two years, control of the Erie County Legislature is on the election ballot, seat by seat. However, two former county executives say it may not matter.

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A combative day in the chambers of the Erie County Legislature regarding inmate care in county jails. Four inmates have died in county jails in the past 6 weeks and Sheriff Timothy Howard believes his office is being unfairly attacked by the public despite the Sheriff’s office being in compliance with recommendations from the Department of Justice.

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Republicans in the Erie County Legislature want answers about Ruthie’s Law.

The Republican minority caucus sent a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday, demanding he explain why nursing homes aren’t following the law and what his administration is doing to enforce it.

 

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Erie County legislators heard Thursday morning from leaders of the Parks and Health Departments about the positive test results for lead in dozens of pieces of playground equipment in county parks.

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A contentious public safety hearing of the Erie County Legislature Thursday morning ended up with all parties satisfied and a plan in place for sheriff's deputies to wear body cameras by the end of 2019.

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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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