Lawmakers voted 7-4 along party lines for the $123.7 million plan presented three weeks ago by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, with Democrats voting in favor and Republican-supported legislators voting against it.
The Democratic majority of the Erie County Legislature stands poised to approve County Executive Mark Poloncarz's $123.7 million spending plan Thursday. But the Republican-supported minority caucus is gearing up to wage a battle on the Legislature floor.
Across the board, this flood of federal money needs to have two goals: compensating for the losses of the Covid-19 pandemic and producing otherwise unattainable transformations.
"We're investing millions of dollars into parks and roads in the City of Buffalo, when the City of Buffalo is getting $330 million of their own American Rescue Plan," said Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca. "Why are we doing these things? These things deserve a conversation."
"We got to common ground, and I think everyone was good with that," said Democratic Majority Leader Timothy Meyers.
The county's deputy budget director signaled that the administration would not fight an effort to revoke the county executive's emergency spending authority.
There are currently no completely inclusive playgrounds in the county park system. But that will change this summer.
For April Baskin, the death of her cousin has led her to recommit her leadership to focusing on the plight of the people living in her district.
"There are, of course, some politics at play in the minority caucus’ efforts to diminish the powers of the county executive," writes The News' Editorial Board.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz might keep his emergency spending authority a while longer but legislators are looking ahead to a time wh…
The question of whether Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz should have his emergency spending authority curbed remained a live wire among county legislators Thursday.
The county executive said no direct or implied threats were made by Larry Schwartz, nor was there any lobbying for him to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Erie County Legislature – with votes split along party lines – approved a $1.7 billion 2021 budget Thursday.
The budget amendments proposed by the Democratic majority reflect the highest amount of money earmarked for a majority's own grants in many years.
Owner of Athletes Unleashed in Orchard Park is accused of using racist language in reply to woman seeking refund for March event canceled by Covid-19.
On the day he shut down schools and ordered new economic restrictions in Erie County, the governor had a message for Western New York: You weren’t paying enough attention to Covid-19.
This is not the first time the Legislature has called for more county transparency. And this isn't the first time Erie County has been criticized for lack of openness.
The Erie County comptroller wasted no time in highlighting a social media photo of a maskless county executive.
The coronavirus health crisis has upended typical business for restaurants, with more people feeling safer eating outdoors, if they eat out at all.
Poloncarz criticized legislators for asking for information about restaurant shutdown justification when health inspection reports are available online.
The report must include details that justify that closure order, a copy of the actual closure order, and "any and all evidence" the county government has to justify the order.
The frustration of restaurant and bar owners over restrictions on who can be served alcohol has reached the Erie County Legislature.