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Erie County has a budget for next year, with most changes in County Executive Poloncarz' spending proposal approved unanimously.

County Legislature approves new CPS hirings

Jun 19, 2014

Help is on the way for Child Protective Services.  The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a restructuring plan for the Department of Social Services Thursday that allows the hiring of 37 employees.

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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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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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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.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz will hear about the pros and cons of natural gas fracking Monday afternoon as he holds a public hearing on limiting the energy source in Erie County.

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

Ahead of Tuesday's vote on the budget, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling on the legislature to reject amendments being put forth by the minority caucus.

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Property owners in Erie County may be paying higher taxes in the coming year. The 2013 budget proposed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz boosts spending by 2.1 percent and increases taxes by 3.4 percent.

Poloncarz told reporters Monday the county is facing a perfect storm of increased costs and declining revenues.