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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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Both candidates for the Erie County comptroller's seat are counting on union support on Election Day. While Vanessa Glushefski has racked up nine union endorsements so far, Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw isn't conceding union votes to his Democratic challenger. He's won six union endorsements of his own, primarily from police unions. The Amherst Police Club r…

County Legislature Minority Leader Thomas Loughran, D-Amherst, won re-election two years ago with the help of an endorsement by Erie County Conservative Party, whose votes gave him the critical edge  to defeat challenger Guy Marlette, a former Amherst Town Board member. But Loughran was denied the county Conservative endorsement this year. Party Chairman Ralph Lorigo d…

Former Amherst Town Board member Guy Marlette, who is running against Democrat Thomas Loughran for the 5th District County Legislature seat in Amherst, says Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz has done some good things overall. But his social media habits are not one of them, said Marlette, who spoke to The Buffalo News Editorial Board. Marlette, a registered …

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Now that Erie County and other municipal governments adopted a Shared Services Plan designed to save taxpayers up to $4.5 million next year, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said it's time to put the plan into action. "Erie County and local governments will now begin to implement the initiatives included in this plan," said Poloncarz, in a presentation Monday at Erie …

Michelle Schoeneman has found a topic she hopes will elevate her 10th District campaign against incumbent  Joseph Lorigo: The Erie County Water Authority. Lorigo, the Erie County Legislature Majority Leader, in August said he would call the Erie County Water Authority before the Legislature in September to answer questions, including those related to spending and trans…

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The Medicaid costs for Erie County residents enrolled in the government health care program are expected to soon crack $2 billion even though the number of local Medicaid recipients has leveled off after years of growth. White Medicaid recipients are the ones costing the program more, according to a Medicaid data report being released today. Overall, the average Medi…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has been traveling a lot this year, stumping for the need to fight the opioid crisis as a member of the National Opioid Task Force. He's currently in Arlington, Va., at the Governing Health & Human Services Summit, where he's as panelist. At this week's summit, he's talking about how the county confronts the epidemic and the work…

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The tide appears to be turning against prescribing opioid drugs. Hydrocodone-acetaminophen – a powerful, narcotic painkiller combined with Tylenol – was the most prescribed medication in Erie County for nearly a decade, according to Medicaid data. Local doctors routinely prescribed the drug at a rate of 70,000 to 80,000 prescriptions a year. Last year marked a wa…

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While poverty remains a big problem in Buffalo, new census figures show significant drops in the poverty rates for children, African-Americans and Latino residents. The child poverty fell 10 percentage points to 44 percent, the lowest rate since at least 2010. The poverty rate for minority groups remains higher than the overall poverty rate in the city, but the rece…

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Erie County government construction and infrastructure projects of $250,000 or more must employ local workers, and 20 percent of the work must be done by workers who are either poor or from poor communities, according to an executive order signed Wednesday by County Executive Mark Poloncarz. The policy takes effect Sunday. The threshhold rises to 30 percent in the se…

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Drunken-driving arrests dipped 10.8 percent this summer in Erie County. Officials attribute the decline to smarter choices by drivers, tougher penalties against offenders and possibly new ride-hailing options like Uber and Lyft. The number of DWI arrests fell to 532 from July 3 to Sept. 17, compared with 597 during the same period last year, according to the Erie Cou…

The Western New York Women's Foundation is hosting a discussion Monday on the power of gender differences in the workplace. The discussion, based on the neuroscience research of Barbara Annis, is free and open to the public. The discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m. at the Alliance Advisory office at 600 Delaware Ave. The goal of this event i…

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has taken the gloves off early in his bid for re-election this fall, launching a television attack ad Friday against Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert. Tolbert and other Democratic leaders say the early launch of a negative ad is a sign that Howard's campaign perceives Tolbert as a serious threat. "Tim Howard’s ad is cla…

All westbound lanes of the New York State Thruway on the I-90 are closed at the Pembroke exit 48A due to an accident with injuries. Reports said a pedestrian was struck. The incident occurred between the Pembroke exit and Depew exit 49 at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. The Thruway Authority issued an alert at 8:53 p.m. asking drivers to plan for extended delays and seek alte…