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Meet Erie County's temporary hired help to take on an invasive plant removal pilot project. They come with four legs and a big appetite. And they're now truly eating away a big problem in Como Lake Park.

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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.

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

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A laborer with the Erie County Department of Public Works, let go last summer while away on active duty with the Army National Guard, is being reinstated to his county job, County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Monday. The move was announced just moments before Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and the head of the union representing Sgt. Rapheal Ramos were to host a news conference demanding the employee's rehire.

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Many Erie County employees got an unexpected day off Monday when a major water break forced the closing of the Rath Building.

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In November, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be on the ballot, seeking another term. Wednesday, he was in the Albright-Knox Art Galley auditorium laying out future plans in his State of the County message.


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In the world of Erie County politics, anything is fair game for an attack. The newest fight is over a book written by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, slated to be published later this year.

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Chris Jacobs, considered by many to be a formidable challenger in the race for Erie County Executive this fall, has withdrawn his name from consideration as a Republican contender.

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Tim Hogues is moving from Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services to County Commissioner of Personnel. County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the appointment effective immediately, although it must be confirmed by the Legislature.

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The government shutdown has now reached day 19 as President Trump pushes for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. The president claims a border wall will help combat the flow of drugs like fentanyl from entering the country. A DEA report from this past November says otherwise. But how are these drugs currently making their way to New York State? WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.


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With the stroke of a pen, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed into law Friday the Public Health Protection Act of 2018. The measure includes bans on tobacco and nicotine-containing product sales in pharmacies, smoking in NFTA bus shelters and smoking in vehicles where minors are inside.

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Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.


The number of Erie County recipients on Medicaid shows a stabilization. However, that doesn't mean costs will stabilize.

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There are words like "creepy," "egotistical," "troubling," "shady" and an "alarming" number of complaints when former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger began to make changes in his department, but it was characterized as a "morale problem" and not discriminatory. That is among the findings by the law firm hired to investigate a claim of negligence against Erie County.

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Evans Supervisor Mary Hosler says she would like to talk to New Era CEO Chris Koch to see what might be done to help workers who will lose their jobs in the closing the Derby cap manufacturing plant. The closing comes as the company only this year used up its tax benefits and tax breaks to be liable for full property taxes on the facility.

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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is before the County Legislature Wednesday morning, along with District Attorney John Flynn, Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Board of Elections, on this second day of hearings on County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed budget for next year.

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People who come to downtown Buffalo to apply to help with their heating bills are used to long lines that often stretch outdoors and cramped space once they get inside. Erie County officials hope that is now a thing of the past with Tuesday's opening of a new HEAP and Emergency Services office.

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Erie County’s effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose is on track to get a more than $3.4 million boost from the federal government.


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Four new cases of Hepatitis A stemming from a local pizzeria mark the latest in a significant increase of the virus in Erie County. Officials are recommending any resident without a complete series of Hepatitis A vaccinations get fully immunized.

Tuesday was the last full day of the New York Association of Counties fall seminar in Rochester, where weather and climate were the topic of the keynote address.

The keynote speaker was Josh Darr, senior vice president and lead meteorologist at JLT, which does risk assessments.

He says weather isn’t getting worse, but more weather is happening in the extremes.

Darr says counties need to watch weather patterns to decide how to spend their assets -- whether it's people, time or money.

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It's the law of unintended consequences: the rising price of gasoline means sales tax collections are up across New York State - and quite noticeably in Erie County.

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Talk of a trade war, between the U.S. and Canada, is raising concerns among government and business leaders on both sides of the border and organized labor. According to a new study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 470,000 American jobs are at risk.

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

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz took his study recommending some school district mergers to save on management costs to North Collins Monday night, suggesting merging Eden and North Collins.

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Chestnut Ridge Park is a destination for hiking and tobogganing but although it is lush with flora and fauna, many Western New Yorkers may be surprised to learn the park doesn’t actually contain any chestnut trees.

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Count two local government leaders among the many who are eager for prolonged cold, wet weather to end. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz both say the longer it stays, the longer it holds up the start of critical public works projects, beginning with road repairs.

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Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo is accusing the Poloncarz Administration of a continued lack of cooperation in providing information that, he says, is needed if lawmakers are to vote on a request for more money for an expanded future convention center study.


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A year ago Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula downplayed talks of building a new stadium. This week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that those talks may be under way privately. He said he thinks they’re in the very early stages.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is offering a week of free admission starting Thursday through April 5.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

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