Mark Poloncarz

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As millions more doses of now three anti-COVID vaccines start flooding out across the country, there will be more and more places to put your arm out for a shot locally.


Opioid deaths are up in Erie County after multiple years of decline. But that’s not all. County officials are concerned with the rise in cocaine related overdoses.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 infection and hospital rates continue to decline, but a more dangerous variant of the virus has now been confirmed in the county. 


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Erie County Legislators have voted to restore a position within the Department of Social Services that comes with a hefty raise. Opponents of the hire say the County Executive overstepped his authority to bring back the position, while the Comptroller claims it’s a political patronage hire designed to create an upcoming candidacy for political office – the one he seeks next.

Erie County COVID-19 update for Feb. 16, 2021

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein held a COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday, Feb. 16. Watch it here.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz hosted his latest COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday in Buffalo. Watch it here.

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The supply of COVID-19 vaccine continues to disrupt Erie County’s handling of the issue, even as the governor has expanded the list of essential workers entitled to the shots and the president is sending New York State 5% more vials.

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New analyses of COVID-19 data in Erie County shows more people have died in the last four months from the virus than in the first six months of the pandemic.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz told his COVID briefing Tuesday he may have to cancel vaccination clinics set for Thursday and Friday because expected vaccine hasn’t shown up yet.

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Thursday's Erie County COVID-19 briefing reported "distressing" figures: the largest one-day total of positive cases since the pandemic began.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is giving is regular COVID-19 briefing Monday. Watch it live here at 2:30 p.m.

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New York State is making an exception to its restrictions on large gatherings to allow fans to attend a Buffalo Bills home playoff game in January as long as all test negative beforehand. It will be the Bills' first playoff game in 25 years and a huge test not only for the team but COVID-weary New Yorkers.

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The war of words between Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is getting more and more down into the gutter. This time it is over ice skating.


Western New York had the highest positivity rate in the state just a month ago. On Monday, the region was the fourth lowest.

The COVID death toll continues to rise in Erie County, with ages of the dead across the board. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pleading with citizens to avoid traditional gatherings of the holiday season. He says the lesson of Thanksgiving is that family gatherings can be lethal.

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Healthcare workers across the country started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Monday. When can that be expected to happen in Western New York? / FDA

Western New York is expected to see its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine arrive this weekend.

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Erie County officials say COVID hospitalization rates have stabilized for now, but are concerned about the numbers to come in the next few days. Earlier in the day, the nation's top infectious disease expert appeared during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID briefing to suggest that without sincere mitigation, the state - and others - will see a dark period in mid-January.

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Dec. 2 marked new, dubious highs for Erie County, with the highest one-day number of new infections and highest hospitalizations since the COVID pandemic arrived earlier this year.

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Mark Poloncarz and Stefan Mychajliw are at it again. This time, Poloncarz - the current Democratic County Executive and former County Comptroller - and Mychajliw - the current Republican County Comptroller - are at odds about fines levied against businesses for violating state COVID-19 health and safety mandates.

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Erie County's COVID-19 numbers continue to get worse and more people are dying: 11 on Saturday. Even so, County Executive Mark Poloncarz told his afternoon briefing Mondday he isn't sure the county or other counties with bad virus numbers are going to go into the Red Zone.

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Erie County could be locked down by Albany again, as early as Wednesday, as its latest COVID-19 cases are well above the levels for "red" status.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared Thursday that COVID case numbers continue to increase, and he predicts a "dark time" in the coming weeks.

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There was no decision made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday whether the portion of Erie County already in a COVID "yellow zone" may soon move to orange or red restrictions. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he expected to hear from Albany soon, while admitting the rising case numbers are discouraging.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein are pleading with the public to scale down Thanksgiving plans as one of many steps to prevent the county's COVID rates from continuing to rise.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution demanding the county Department of Health be more transparent about COVID-19 outbreaks at local nursing homes. 

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Erie County's COVID-19 rate is rising sharply and so is the death toll, as the latest tests show a 5% positivity rate and an 80% increase in just the past week.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is warning schools that if they don't enforce mask rules in their buildings, they are potentially in danger of being shut down.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his $1.47 billion budget for 2021 Thursday, calling it the toughest one he's ever crafted, as the county addresses a loss in sales tax revenue brought on by COVID and pandemic-related economic shutdowns.

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Erie County is faced with major spending cuts for next year, after cutting planned spending this year. County Executive Mark Poloncarz is working with an alliance of government, community and business groups pleading with Washington for another bailout of state and local governments.