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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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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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

The Erie County Legislature has approved another piece of the funding puzzle for the Buffalo Zoo's planned Arctic Edge exhibit.  

The method of borrowing and whether to go it alone, based on the County Comptroller's recommendation, or borrow through the county's Fiscal Stability Authority remains the subject of debate. 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have approved funding to help keep the polar bears where zoo goers and the community say they belong:  in a planned new state-of-the-art enclosure scheduled to start early next year.