Erie County

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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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' re-usable shopping bag. April 1, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
April 01, 2019 - 12:51 pm
AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he's "very happy" that New York State banned the single-use plastic bags at grocery stores but isn't committing yet to the idea of implementing a five-cent fee for paper bag use. The state banned the plastic bags as part of its 2019-...
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Brendan Keany
March 27, 2019 - 10:01 pm
ERIE COUNTY (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - In a roughly 40-minute speech at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, County Executive Mark Poloncarz touched on numerous initiatives and proposals he's focused on in the coming months and years. The following is a basic list of what the county executive addressed in...
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(Photo: Patrick Sison, AP)
March 26, 2019 - 1:32 pm
TONAWANDA (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Two Tonawanda paramedics have been suspended with pay after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from a drug dropbox inside the police station. Joe Emminger is the Town of Tonawanda supervisor, and on Twitterm he chimed in as to why they were suspended...
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March 25, 2019 - 11:16 pm
ERIE COUNTY (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Wilson, North Carolina, is a city that uses a government-owned fiber-optics system to drive much of their economy. READ: Poloncarz proposes high-speed internet access across rural parts of Erie County "I've talked to residents who specifically moved to our city...
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. March 21, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
March 25, 2019 - 8:28 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN ) – Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is planning to create an “internet backbone” to pave the way for expanded coverage throughout Erie County, especially in rural areas. “We have cable in a good portion of Erie County but some of it is very slow,” Poloncarz explained to...
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveils 2019 road work agenda. March 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
March 25, 2019 - 3:18 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled the 2019 road work agenda for county public works crews while highlighting the more than $40 million investment in roads and bridge projects this fiscal year. The $40,038,325 million marks the most spent in a single year during...
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Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. September 20, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
March 13, 2019 - 3:51 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated the public on the findings of the recent 90-day public comment period regarding a convention center. County Executive Mark Poloncarz discussing the findings of the 90-public comment period on the Buffalo Niagara...
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Brendan Keany
March 07, 2019 - 5:16 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined by several local enforcement officials, including District Attorney John Flynn and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood, to announce a partnership to help combat gun violence. With $80,000 of Erie County funding, rewards to...
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EC Executive Mark Poloncarz records video/WBEN Photo
February 28, 2019 - 3:34 am
BUFFALO (WBEN) - It's well documented that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is very active on his social media pages, especially Twitter. However, some county legislators believe his presence on social media might go a tad too far. "There needs to be some type of policy, there needs to be some...
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