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The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes may lead to new restrictions on where users can "vape" in Erie County.

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A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

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A cheaper alternative may be on the way to the broadband internet services currently available in Erie County. The Legislature is going to explore the possibility of starting its own county-wide network.

Legislators raise doubts over CPS plans

Jun 12, 2014
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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

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Members of the Erie County Legislature raised their privacy concerns over cell phone spying with Sheriff Timothy Howard on Thursday.

New Social Host law aims to curb underage drinking

May 14, 2014
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A new local law approved by Erie County lawmakers has been designed to curb underage drinking.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the Social Host Law would hold adults accountable for allowing minors to drink on their property.

Sheriff defends use of phone tracking equipment

May 12, 2014
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Cell phone tracking equipment used by the Erie County Sheriff's Department does not store data, according to Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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When Republicans were the minority party in the Erie County Legislature, their top staffer had a county-issued cell phone. That issue is at the center of a growing controversy inside county government.

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The Erie County Legislature approved a $27.1 million infrastructure improvement plan for county roadways Thursday. The spending plan includes $4.5 million for additional roads in need of repair this year.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district.

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A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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County Legislator Lynn Marinelli stepped down from her post in January, but no progress has been made in filling that seat.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his plan for giving prison inmates a free college education during a stop this week in Amherst. But some local lawmakers aren't buying it.

Marinelli leaving Legislature for state job

Jan 15, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Lynn Marinelli, a longtime Erie County legislator, to a post with Empire State Development.

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Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking.

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Legislation that would ban hydrofracking on county-owned land is expected to be voted on today by the Erie County Legislature.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.

McCarthy reviews election results

Nov 6, 2013
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Now that they've grabbed the majority in the Erie County Legislature, Republicans  are  "going to make life miserable for County Executive (Mark) Poloncarz, I think," said Buffalo News Political Bob McCarthy during a post-election conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition.

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For the first time in 35 years, the Republicans will have outright control of the Erie County Legislature.  It was one of several big victories for the local GOP in Tuesday's elections. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is submitting a budget for next year with a steady property tax rate that cuts a few jobs, puts more money into the arts and library, and sets up an economic development office in Toronto.

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Erie County legislators Thursday cleared the way for seven more caseworkers for the overloaded Child Protective Services division in the wake of the death of a child allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend.

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The push is on to hire more Social Sevice workers in Erie County following the tragic death of 5-year-old Eian Brooks.

Legislature leader Mazur won't run for re-election

May 31, 2013

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Thomas Mazur announced his future retirement Friday. Mazur, a Democrat, will step aside from his 7th District seat when his current term expires on December 31.

Legislators want beer ads removed from NFTA trains

May 28, 2013

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is being urged to remove alcohol advertising from its public transportation vehicles.

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Erie County's finances are looking a little shaky as it goes into the financial markets for the biggest loan since the fiscally-disastrous days of the "Red-Green" budget. 

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Members of the Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus are calling for a full investigation into the improper disposal of confidential Social Services documents.

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A residency requirement is being proposed for employees of Erie County. If approved, new workers would be required to live in the county.

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The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a new 10-year lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday afternoon, the last major obstacle to cementing a long-term commitment with the Buffalo Bills.

Erie County lawmakers voted 7-4 Thursday afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for repeal of the state's new gun control laws. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in Buffalo today, said political opposition to the NY SAFE Act is based in "fear."

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Again this year, the annual public hearing on the proposed Erie County budget was dominated by cultural agencies and the library system.