Billed as a discussion of stimulus funding and infrastructure priorities, the session turned into something else, as county executives from other areas joined Poloncarz in addressing more questions about the pandemic.
Amid worsening Covid-19 case numbers, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday defended his mask mandate, suggested a vaccination mandate for restaurants may not be necessary and noted a few positive developments.
Of the 30 speakers who participated in the Erie County Legislature's first public hearing Monday regarding the Bills stadium lease negotiations, most had one demand: Bring the Bills stadium to downtown Buffalo.
That wrongheaded approach has already helped to extend the pandemic and is all but guaranteed to make it last even longer. So, please: Do your part. Put on a mask.
With Erie County imposing the latest in a series of health restrictions on some public-facing businesses, small business owners say they're once again caught between people who accept or decry the regulations.
The help arrives just as Erie County reported its highest-ever weekly count of new Covid-19 cases – 5,535 in the week that ended Saturday.
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Masks are merely being required to protect the public health as infections rise and, at least as important, to preserve the ability of hospitals to treat everyone who needs their care.
The polarizing politics of the pandemic were on stark display Friday in Erie County's northern suburbs.
The Buffalo News recently published a rather detailed article outlining the steps Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is taking to fight the …
The $1.8 billion budget preserves and grows Erie County services, modestly increases property tax collections and maintains the county's financial shape overall.
Both Democratic and Republican-supported legislators blamed the other side for the failure to reach a compromise deal. Tuesday's budget session was a precursor to a final vote on the $1.8 billion county budget coming Thursday.
In a democracy, individuals have both rights and responsibilities. Citizenship isn’t a free pass. With Covid-19 and the worrisome new Omicron variant, duty and common sense are calling.
"While I believe the vaccines are safe and effective, I believe every American should have the right to make this decision without fear of punishment or retaliation from those supposedly elected to serve them," the congressman said.
The Republicans are making a push this week to amend Poloncarz's proposed budget so that the property tax levy would be cut by 7%, reducing tax collections by $23 million over this year.
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has not yet arrived in New York State, but officials expect it’s just a matter of when and not if.
Buffalo expatriates who return here over the winter holidays are often astounded by the positive changes downtown, particularly along the wate…
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When Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the return of an indoor mask mandate, a segment of the public accused him of tyranny, opp…
"The town will defend our businesses' and residents' right to make their own decisions," Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. said.
If things get much worse, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned Wednesday, the county may have to order all elective surgeries canceled or postponed at the area's hospitals.
"It’s possible to acknowledge the dark chapters of the country’s founding, along with the profound and inspiring ones, and practice gratitude for what America has given to so many," writes The News' Editorial Board.
Erie County recorded 878 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, the highest total since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Wednesday.
The number of new Covid-19 cases among students and teachers in Erie County recently hit an all-time high: more than 1,000 new cases the week of Nov. 7.