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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has declared that Sunday will be Kyle Williams Day to mark the Bills defensive tackle's last game. Williams announced Friday that he was retiring after 13 seasons with the Bills. Polancarz said he spoke with Williams via phone Friday to inform him of the designation and posted the proclamation in Williams' honor. https:/…

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Building a new football stadium is always a popular topic in Western New York. There's not an immediate need for one – New Era Field is certainly serviceable, and all parties involved have indicated nothing is happening in the near future – but fans still worry. They know the NFL is always pushing for more revenue, and not having a shiny new stadium could be used against t…

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The Buffalo Bills are well aware of the tomfoolery that goes on in the parking lots surrounding New Era Field. They’re making a couple of changes to one of those lots in an effort to reduce it. The team will raise the price in the bus lot from $60 to $100 per vehicle. Additionally, a permit will be required and must be obtained in advance, similar to the team’s RV lot. …

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The price of building a new football stadium in Buffalo for the Bills to call home could exceed the $1.4 billion purchase price of the team. That makes for a daunting proposition for team officials as well as state and local officials and could mean increased prices and personal seat licenses for fans. In an interview with The News, co-owner and team president Kim Pegul…

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Jokers worldwide anticipate April Fools Day, and Buffalo is not devoid of mischief. 2015 brought "news" of Justin Timberlake booking a show for Ralph Wilson Stadium, a wildly innovative biodome sheltering Houghton College, a Bills-Argonauts exhibition game and a few other amusing pranks. What did Buffalo's trickster populace have cooked up for this year? *CatHive, a rev…

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Jokers worldwide anticipate April Fools Day, and Buffalo is not devoid of mischief. 2015 brought "news" of Justin Timberlake booking a show for Ralph Wilson Stadium, a wildly innovative biodome sheltering Houghton College, a Bills-Argonauts exhibition game and a few other amusing pranks. What did Buffalo's trickster populace have cooked up for this year? *CatHive, a rev…

What's the state of Erie County politics? We asked our political reporter Bob McCarthy this afternoon following Mark Poloncarz's re-election, Sheila Meegan's surprising victory and more.  To read our election day analysis or see the complete breakdown of the polls, click on the links below: Erie County Incumbent Erie County Executive Poloncarz easily wins second term…

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The SPCA of Erie County is hoping to recreate the viral success of last year's ice bucket challenge with its very own Dog Biscuit Challenge, which kicks off this morning. But don't worry. We already have videos of some well-known area figures participating in it to show you, along with some of their thoughts on their canine cuisine. Appropriately, we'll open with SPCA Ex…

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In the wake of today's terrorist attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris, political cartoonists from around the world poured their feelings into a series of moving reflections on the horrifying massacre. Earlier tonight, a new entry came from an unexpected source: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Shortly before 7 p.m., he sent out a Tweet containing his reflection o…

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After years of uncertainty for cultural organizations in Erie County, it seems as if a new era of stability has arrived. Erie County's 2015 budget, proposed last month by County Executive Mark Poloncarz and approved with minor amendments by the legislature in one of the least contentious budget processes in memory, includes about a 1.4 percent increase in funding for loca…

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The battle-hardened veterans filed neatly into the gallery of the Erie County Legislature’s chambers in Old County Hall on Monday afternoon, many of them carrying small placards identifying their individual regiments: The Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Lancaster Opera House. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Juneteenth. The Orchard Park Chorale. As the meeting came to order…

Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz had strong words for the NFL this afternoon. Poloncarz was asked during a press briefing whether he had talked with the NFL about the possibility of the Bills hosting the New York Jets at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "I haven't had time to talk to the NFL," Poloncarz shot back. "The NFL is a business. It's as simple as that,…

With a driving ban still in place in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills will not practice for a second straight day. What that means for the status of Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the New York Jets is still up in the air, but the likelihood of it kicking off as scheduled at 1 p.m. seems to be decreasing by the hour. The NFL announced today that it would con…

The New York Jets and New York Giants know they belong to the Empire State in name only. New York has one NFL team. Ralph Wilson brought the Buffalo Bills here and kept them here. "He went in when Buffalo was thriving, and he persevered when Buffalo started declining because most of the businesses moved out," Jets owner Woody Johnson told me Tuesday at the NFL's annual m…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new-stadium exploratory committee has generated much chatter about the Buffalo Bills and their future. One of the perpetual talking points is the possibility of relocation after 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was a guest Tuesday on WGR 550, and he, as many others have over the years, reminded us that an ex…