Erie County

Brendan Keany
June 26, 2019 - 12:21 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - An additional four new drug and needle disposal sites have been installed at Kaleida Health facilities in Erie and Niagara Counties. Gale Burstein serves as the Erie County commissioner of health, and she explained that the kiosks are a way to combat drug addiction...
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June 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - New York State is holding its 2019 Primary Day in June for the first time in decades, and some are curious, maybe even concerned, that the earlier date may lead to a lower voter turnout. "The disadvantage of having an early primary is that it falls toward the...
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June 23, 2019 - 2:11 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The candidates for Erie County Executive appeared on WBEN's Hardline Sunday addressing a number of issues affecting the county. One of the largest and most controversial of the topics is the recent passage of a law in Albany that grants drivers' licenses to undocumented...
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Brendan Keany
Mike Baggerman
June 21, 2019 - 1:34 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is planning to extend the current Erie County Whistleblower Hotline to include tips on illegal aliens, with the intention to forward the tips to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Earlier this month, the New York State...
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Mike Baggerman
June 05, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The fight against drinking and driving continues. Last year, there were 2,400 DWI arrests in all of Erie County. The Erie County Sheriff's Office arrested 238 people, primarily in rural areas, for driving while intoxicated. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said that...
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June 03, 2019 - 2:43 am
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - While fentanyl deaths are decreasing, Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein is warning the public about a rise in cocaine-related deaths over the past couple years. "We wanted to alert the public about the trend that we're seeing in our medical examiner's...
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Mike Baggerman
May 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie County Legislature on Thursday held further discussions about the proposed law to create a permanent oversight board for the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The law, called the Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board , would create a body of 11...
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Brendan Keany
May 30, 2019 - 1:14 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Clerk Mickey Kearns have announced an investigation into the consequences of granting driver's license rights to illegal aliens. "As comptroller of Erie County, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution," began Mychajliw...
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Legislator April Baskin on July 25, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Erie County lawmakers have a $45 Million surplus to discuss Thursday. There are two very different sides as to how to handle that money. About $31 Million of the surplus has already been committed to ECMC. County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to use at least $5 Million for...
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' re-usable shopping bag. April 1, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
April 12, 2019 - 2:58 am
NEW YORK (WBEN) - The New York State Budget gave counties the option to impose a five-cent fee on paper bags to coincide with the plastic bag ban that's set to begin in 2020. Part of the money gained from the tax would help support local programs to buy reusable bags for low income families, while...
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