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A social media feud has been brewing between Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw over the health and safety of staff in the Rath Building.


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The Industrial Land Development Corporation met Monday night for the first time since December and announced progress on redeveloping the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. 

 


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Erie County is continuing to see the gradual slide downwards in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and may have emerged unscathed from people over Memorial Day weekend who shed social distancing rules for sun and heat. County Executive Mark Poloncarz said this means the county is continuing on a path to a Phase Three re-opening, which would allow indoor operations in bars and restaurants, potentially as early as Tuesday.

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As Erie County struggles with the fiscal fallout from the coronavirus crisis, a major change in the way the county operates is high on the list of proposals to balance the budget.

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He wouldn't say whether it will include layoffs or furloughs, but Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's plan to address a budget deficit is expected to include some cuts and use of fund balance dollars when it's delivered Thursday morning to the Legislature.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday to help curb the possibility of violent incidents stemming from civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz briefed reporters late Sunday night on what had transpired in the prior 36 hours of violence, vandalism and looting spun off from a protest about the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, while Erie County District Attorney John Flynn promised justice in prosecutions.

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The death rate among Erie County’s African American population due to COVID-19 is going down, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz. 

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Erie County remains on the pathway to moving into the next phase of re-opening New York, even with problems involving hospitalizations. That is the word from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, even after the Memorial Day holiday.

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The unofficial start of summer kicks off this year under pandemic rules applying to the streets, parks and beaches.

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Erie County's troubled finances go in front of the legislature again Thursday, with little resolution in sight other than massive cuts in spending and staff. That may happen, unless there is some agreement in Washington on a state and local government bailout along the lines of what has been given to American business.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, during his Friday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, admitted a feeling of disappointment that the Western New York economic region remains short of the necessary goals needed to get New York State's approval to begin reopening the economy. He's also unhappy that a neighboring region is entering phase one, stating their numbers are going in the wrong direction.

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Democrats among the Erie County Legislature are calling Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw's declaration of a budget deficit "premature" and even a "power grab," while his office says making such a declaration was their duty under the county charter.

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After showing a two-week downward trend in COVID hospitalizations, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a disappointing uptick Wednesday. The reversal rules out the possibility of Erie County and its four fellow counties within the state's Western New York Economic Region from entering phase one of reopening when New York's PAUSE order is lifted Friday.

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Erie County's COVID-19 hospitalization rate is trending downward, raising hope that the county may not be too far away from phase one of reopening the economy. But during his Wednesday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said one benchmark that is not being met is a level of testing required by the state. The problem? Not enough people are coming forward to be tested.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated Monday afternoon that the county won't be ready to begin the process of reopening May 15, the last scheduled day of the state's NY PAUSE restrictions. However, he suggested there was a chance the county might be ready by the end of the month — if the public continues to honor physical distancing and other disease prevention rules.

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Erie County's fiscal picture continues to darken, with Washington seemingly unwilling to provide a stimulus package for state and local governments.

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An angry Erie County Executive Poloncarz said Wednesday a segment of the public still doesn't comprehend that the COVID-19 virus is widely circulating and infecting people. He said there are people who seemingly don't believe it's a real issue and live as if there is no risk of being infected. 


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Erie County is running out of money and County Executive Mark Poloncarz said there may have to be worker layoffs because he doesn't have the money to keep paying them.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the continually rising totals of county residents being admitted to hospitals and those dying from the coronavirus mean the crisis locally is far from over.

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While data released by New York state Monday indicated nearly half of Erie County’s COVID-19 deaths were nursing home residents, County Executive Mark Poloncarz says nursing homes residents likely account for closer to one third of the county’s total deaths.

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Officials are carefully watching the numbers of local COVID-19 cases. Monday's death toll of 12 represented the highest one-day count of COVID-19 deaths in Erie County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,661 and deaths to 73. 


Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the local peak of the COVID-19 crisis is likely weeks away, despite a possible plateau downstate.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein provided their latest update on COVID-19 cases in the county Monday afternoon. While the trends hinted that Erie County might be nearing the flattening of its case curve, officials are renewing their calls for honoring social distancing.

Cabin fever is pushing people not only out for a walk but also into walking in groups, as well as encouraging some businesses which are not essential into operating. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says fines loom for businesses and individuals who are not following the rules.

 


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During Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's daily COVID-19 briefing, he noted that county parks were experiencing issues with too many people congregating in just a limited number of the 10,000 acres available throughout the system. His latest warning came hours before having to confirm two more coronavirus-related deaths in Erie County.

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Hospitals across Erie County on Monday received new shipments of the safety masks that are essential to keeping doctors, nurses and other health care personnel safe.

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A member of Erie County government, identified only as anindividual who has worked in the county's coronavirus first response efforts, has tested positive for COVID-19. County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed the case, as part of his daily briefing on the pandemic and its local numbers. 

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How many Erie County residents have been tested for the COVID-19 virus? Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz would like to know the answer to that question, but it is not clear.


The worldwide supply chain behind health care is starting to ramp up and produce more of the panoply of chemicals and supplies needed for the war against COVID-19. This comes as the number of coronavirus cases hits 96 in Erie County.

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