Lynne Dixon

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz won re-election Tuesday, defeating challenger Lynne Dixon to win his third term in office.


On the eve of Election Day, Buffalo News politics reporter Bob McCarthy says voters are seeing "really nasty ads" from both sides in the race for Erie County Executive between incumbent Mark Poloncarz and Lynne Dixon. McCarthy also weighs in on the bigger picture in the City of Buffalo and how a lack of competitive races could affect turnout. And which are the county legislature races to watch on Tuesday?


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Fresh on the heels of Thursday night's debate, in the WNED/WBFO studio, the candidates for Erie County Executive squared off again, Friday morning. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda hosted its 35th annual candidates debate with the incumbent, Democrat Mark Poloncarz, and his challenger, Lynne Dixon, a county legislator, running on the Independence line.

Dave Debo

Eva Doyle, Cas Rodriguez and Jessica Marinelli share a common trait: they hold a keen interest in local politics. They were quick to volunteer for a panel to review Thursday's debate of the two candidates for Erie County Executive. They offered a variety of perspectives on the candidates' performances. They also highlighted the lack of discussion of one the region's most glaring issues, the number of inmates who have died while in custody at the Erie County Holding Center.


Eileen Elibol / WNED|WBFO

Lynne Dixon attacked Mark Poloncarz’s leadership in a televised debate Thursday night, even calling the Erie County Executive a “bully,” while Poloncarz defended his record and promised to continue the area’s economic growth if re-elected. 

 


WATCH: Erie County Executive candidates debate

Oct 17, 2019

On Thursday evening, WNED | WBFO presented “Decision 2019: The Race for Erie County Executive”, a live debate featuring the two candidates running for Erie County Executive.

Buffalo News

A special election has yet to be called for Western New York's 27th Congressional District, but a heavy supply of political money is finding its way into the coffers of the declared candidates. While the district only recently lost its representation with the resignation of Chris Collins, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says campaign treasuries are on the rise for the declared candidates.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A televised debate Wednesday evening started with a fight over the difference between the tax rate and the tax levy, and eventually turned into an argument about PhotoShopped photos used in campaign ads. The campaign for Erie County Executive has been getting progressively rougher as Election Day approaches.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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.

Dixon: WBFO photo, Poloncarz: Twitter

WNED | WBFO,  The Buffalo News and WGRZ will present a radio and television broadcast debate between the two candidates running for Erie County Executive.

Thomas O'Neil-White

A discussion of a proposed wind farm in Lake Erie took center stage in the Erie County Legislature chamber on Thursday. The request was made by legislators Lynne Dixon and John Mills, both of whom oppose the installation of wind turbines off the shore of the lake in the Town of Evans.

WBFO file photo/Thomas O'Neil White

Erie County legislators heard Thursday morning from leaders of the Parks and Health Departments about the positive test results for lead in dozens of pieces of playground equipment in county parks.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

A longtime political advisor for Congressman Chris Collins and current political consultant for Erie County Executive candidate Lynne Dixon has been accused of benefitting from insider trading. At this time, Christopher Grant has not been charged with a crime, but current County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Dixon needs to do the right thing and cut ties with Grant.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Erie County Legislature agreed to put up the $5 million promised to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, but it was along fight.

Lynne Dixon

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has announced her candidacy for Erie County Executive.

WBFO file photo

If New York State passes legislation which eliminates cash bail for many crimes, Erie County lawmakers want to be sure those accused of domestic violence are prevented from obtaining a get-out-of-jail-free card.

WBFO file photo/Eileen Buckley

State Senator Chris Jacobs, considered by many to be a formidable challenger in the race for Erie County Executive this fall, has withdrawn his name from consideration as a Republican contender.

File Photo / National Public Radio

While the major issue on Thursday's agenda was next year's budget, the Erie County Legislature also passed two other significant pieces of legislation.

File Photo / WBFO News

The Albany investigation that led to the forced resignation of Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger is just the first stage of Erie County looking to prevent a repeat.

A local law designed to better protect nursing home residents passed unanimously in the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

“Quick and painless” is how legislators described the final approval process for the 2016 Erie County Budget. Residents can expect to see a decrease in taxes for the second year in a row and more funding for the fight against the county’s growing epidemic of drug abuse.


Photo from Legislator Dixon's website

Though the DEC is finally planning to clear the contaminated soil at the former waterfront site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon believes a better plan should be developed.

A proposal to install term limits for Erie County's elected officials has hit a road block.


File Photo / WBFO News

Erie County lawmakers held a public hearing on Monday regarding plans to appropriate more than $13 million in additional funds to help pay for this year’s road and bridge repair costs.

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During the Snowvember storm, emergency workers were busy, ferrying people stuck in their homes to medical treatment. Officials are now developing a plan to have a list of those needing long-term help.

New Social Host law aims to curb underage drinking

May 14, 2014
Photo provided by Erie County Legislature Republican Caucus

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.