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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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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.

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Erie County government's continuing political war over worn roads and bridges is heating up again.

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It was a mix of generational change and backroom politics Thursday, as the Erie County Legislature reorganized after an election that put Democrats in charge.


It took only one seat for Republicans to lose control of the Erie County Legislature Tuesday night.


Without debate or discussion Thursday, Erie County legislators recognized county fiscal realities and voted unanimously to ask Albany to extend much of the county's sales tax authority.

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Tuesday's budget session of the Erie County Legislature may go very swiftly, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle appear united.

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When the snow hits this weekend, town highway crews will be out plowing Erie County roads under a new contract approved Thursday by the County Legislature.

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Many Erie County Legislature public hearings have few citizens in attendance, while a few draw a lot of people, like the upcoming hearing on the County Executive Poloncarz's proposed budget. Legislators want to try early evening meetings to draw larger crowds.

Erie County residents may get a chance after all to vote on updating the County Charter. That update may include extending the terms for county lawmakers.


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The Erie County Legislature Wednesday passed an amended version of spending from last year's surplus. Money was allocated for programs combating lead poisoning and the opiate abuse epidemic and for staff buyouts at Erie Community College.


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Erie County Legislators are pushing Albany to release records of state efforts to fight the November 2014 blizzard which buried much of the county with up to seven feet of snow.


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There's been a big expansion of the county's agricultural districts, including on Grand Island.


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Over the past two weeks, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid the stepping stones to his 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address, local leaders have been vocal over what they hope to hear. High on the list – upstate infrastructure.


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Erie County Legislature Democrats have a new leader, as members chose Amherst member Thomas Loughran as minority leader. Betty Jean Grant says she just couldn't get the votes for another year as party leader.


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The term might be a little outdated but county legislators decided Thursday that meetings needed a dress code, at least for public employees.


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Local foodies are getting an unexpected addition to their shopping lists: broccoli grown in Western New York.

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Cosmetics and other products that end up polluting local waterways could soon be banned from store shelves in Erie County.


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Erie County Executive Poloncarz on Thursday kicked off his re-election campaign with his State of the County address while two potential challengers stood just a a few feet away.

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In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

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Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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Proposals from Erie County's Salary Review Commission for substantial pay raises for four of the county's top elected officials crashed and burned unanimously on the floor of the Legislature Thursday afternoon.

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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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Republican former Erie County Executive Chris Collins has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.

Collins made the announcement on Saturday in an interview with the Buffalo News. Should Collins survive a June primary against fellow Republican David Bellavia, he would face incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul in November.

Collins suffered a stinging defeat in his re-election bid for County Executive to Mark Poloncarz. In a special election, Hochul upset Jane Corwin, a Republican candidate, who was heavily supported by Collins.