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Sandra Tan

Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats.


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Stefan Mychajliw, the incumbent Republican comptroller, has a glossy campaign commercial now running in prime time and he said he's had TV commercials going since Oct. 10. But the campaign manager for Democratic challenger Vanessa Glushefski said her team is putting their money on social media and other "mixed media," including radio and billboards and other peer-to-pe…

Three Erie County legislators with the Republican-supported majority voted last week against extending Erie County's additional 1.75 percent additional sales tax, part of the 8.75 percent sales tax all county residents pay that must be reauthorized every two years. Had one more more legislator voted against extending the sales tax, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said t…

There are a lot of Quinns involved in the 9th District Erie County Legislature race, a seat currently held by incumbent Lynne Dixon, I-Hamburg. First, there's Dixon's challenger, Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr., whose last name is gracing lawn signs throughout the district, which covers Hamburg, Blasdell, South Buffalo and Lackawanna. Quinn, a lawyer, is th…

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Monica Weisedel moved almost every year of her childhood. Her mother suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, and she would inexplicably disappear for hours or days. When Weisedel was 15, a Social Services worker showed up and hollered for her and her young sister to grab their things and go. "It was a horrible experience," she said, recounting all the screaming…

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The opioid epidemic is not just killing hundreds of local residents  – it's leaving hundreds of Erie County children without a home or at risk of being removed from one. They are orphaned children and they are the children of drug-addicted parents no longer able to care for them. Erie County Family Court Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin has presided at thousands of child abus…

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Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III wants to make impersonating a veteran or member of the military a crime. Rath will introduce Thursday a proposed "Theft of Valor" law that makes it a crime to impersonate a veteran or member of the military for financial gain. Those found guilty would face criminal misdemeanor charges and fines. "Erie County is joining municipal…

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The race for the Erie County comptroller's seat continues to rack up endorsements on both sides. Stefan Mychaliw has, for the first time, snagged a coveted endorsement from the Good Government Club of Western New York. The incumbent Republican comptroller said he was delighted to receive the endorsement since many of its members are Democrats who recognize his hard work…

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County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, found a way to give the Legislature credit for County Executive Mark Poloncarz's proposing a budget with a tax cut of a penny. "After he tried to raise taxes on Erie County residents in the past, he has finally received the message that a majority of the Erie County Legislature will not let that happen," L…

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The proposed $1.48 billion Erie County budget has come under fire from County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who said County Executive Mark Poloncarz's plan relies too heavily on county fund balance and cash back from Erie County Medical Center to balance the scales. "This budget is balanced artificially using smoke and mirrors," Mychajliw said. He again criticized Po…

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for the two young children of the mother who was killed in a high-speed collision on the Thruway in the Town of Hamburg Friday night after another woman driving the wrong way struck her vehicle. Amherst resident Jessica L. O'Connor, 29, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries and died later that night. Her young chil…

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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz's proposed $1.48 billion budget for 2018 would grow the county workforce by 16 people. And most of those employees will be cleaners. The new positions represent the latest attempt by the administration to address the bedbug problem at the Rath Building and numerous complaints from employees regarding the main county building's cle…

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently endorsed fellow Democrat Vanessa Glushefski for Erie County comptroller. "With her experience as an attorney and CPA, along with her dedication to public service, Vanessa Glushefski is highly qualified to serve as County Comptroller,"DiNapoli said in a statement. Glushefski said she was honored to have his endorsement as som…

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The two candidates for Erie County comptroller are waging a hard campaign to win voter attention in a low-turnout year, and both have recently posted videos to their social media pages touting their qualifications. Democratic challenger Vanessa Glushefski posted a 45-second social media spot touting her credentials as a certified accountant. "Our vibrant community, o…

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Steve Cichon, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Erie County clerk, has been handing out palm cards that state, "I think the County Clerk's office is the greatest job in Erie County. It's the most direct service-oriented position in government." High praise for a position that processes deeds, titles, pistol permits, car registrations and driver's licenses. But his o…

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County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently posted a tweet promoting a fund raiser for Legislature Minority Leader Thomas Loughran. Not uncommon. What was uncommon was its length. Poloncarz not only had room to mention the fund raiser, but that Loughran is being targeted by Republicans and Conservatives for his support of the Erie County Medical Center financing deal. Then…