Erie County

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order mandating the collection of ventilators and personal protective equipment from some upstate hospitals for use downstate drew quick and critical response Friday from several Western New York lawmakers. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, during his daily COVID-19 briefing, indicated the county hasn't got a ventilator to spare.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to many court proceedings, including Erie County and nursing homes’ legal feud over Ruthie’s Law.



Hospitals across Erie County on Monday received new shipments of the safety masks that are essential to keeping doctors, nurses and other health care personnel safe.

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A member of Erie County government, identified only as anindividual who has worked in the county's coronavirus first response efforts, has tested positive for COVID-19. County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed the case, as part of his daily briefing on the pandemic and its local numbers. 

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How many Erie County residents have been tested for the COVID-19 virus? Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz would like to know the answer to that question, but it is not clear.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said citizens with a lot of time on their hands and a desire to commune with nature are concentrating too much on Chestnut Ridge Park and causing crowds that are not praciticing social distancing.

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More positive test results were confirmed Friday afternoon in Erie County, as health officials and the county executive again expressed frustration over a lack of available testing kits. Meanwhile, after stating he had heard reports of groups congregating in city parks in violation of coronavirus prevention guidelines, Mayor Byron Brown announced a shutdown of certain facilities on Buffalo park grounds.

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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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Seven individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County and officials are asking anyone who visited certain locations over the past two weeks to self-monitor for symptoms.

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In a world where renowned scientists are racing to decode coronavirus, average citizens have a lot of questions. Many showed up Monday night to the Fruit Belt's Moot Community Center to ask those questions.

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Erie County has changed its policy regarding the coronavirus, in an effort to preserve the privacy of individuals affected while keeping the public informed and safe.

The Erie County Health Department has issued an alert regarding an increase in suspected opioid overdose deaths over the past few days.

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On a day when Gov. Andrew Cuomo will explain how he will deal with a $6 billion, Erie County is looking at a small surplus for 2019.

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Erie County is looking at another hefty bill for renovations and repairs at Erie County Community College North.

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Large parts of urban and rural Erie County are closer to having high-speed broadband for residences and businesses.

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Erie County has a budget for next year, with more money for roads and bridges, county jobs, aid for city streets and no full-time SWAT team for the Sheriff's Department.

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After years of looking at the upper floors of the Rath Building and spending millions of dollars on renovation and asbestos removal, Erie County is looking down into the foundations to see if there is a problem with road salt.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is sending a clear message to the Trump administration: Send more refugees here. Poloncarz and other county executives across the country are now required to opt-in to allow future refugee resettlement in their districts.


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has announced grants of $100,000 each to three New York counties to support the development of Age-Friendly Centers of Excellence.

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A lot of Erie County voters took advantage of the new early voting system to cast their ballots before Tuesday's Election Day.

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Nearly 5,000 residents of Erie County took advantage of New York's new system of early voting over the weekend.

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Priorities, spending, taxes, the future home of the Buffalo Bills, economic development and the red/green budget. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and county legislator Lynne Dixon squared off at Hilbert College Wednesday night in their first debate.

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Erie County's property tax rate will drop in the budget proposed Tuesday by county executive Mark Poloncarz, who is running for re-election against county legislator Lynne Dixon.

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Across much of Erie County, town and village officials are deciding if they want a small piece of the federal dollars flowing through the Erie County Urban County Consortium. A meeting in Springville Tuesday evening was the first of three to talk about the 2020 grant program.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said they are no better than a corner drug dealer. He was referring to corporate opioid makers. Poloncarz sees the county's lawsuits against them benefitting from an Oklahoma judge's ruling this week that Johnson & Johnson intentionally played down the risks, oversold the benefits of the drugs and must pay $572 million.

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Farmers markets are a sea of choices: food that's good for you, food that's probably not all that good for you and food you just want to eat. WBFO's Mike Desmond was escorted through Buffalo's downtown market Thursday with experts on food and nutrition for help sorting out all the choices.

Erie County legislators are now free to vote on a plan to create a new Division of Consumer Protection, after no one showed up Monday evening for a public hearing on the proposal.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed into law the creation of a new panel which, when seated, will observe and advise those who manage the county's jails in order to ensure those incarcerated are given fair treatment.

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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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Lancaster has gone to the dogs. Officials and their four-legged friends gathered at Como Lake Park in Lancaster Thursday to announce plans for a new dog park.