Erie County, NY

Erie County, NY This is the official page of Erie County, NY. Follow for news, alerts, and other information. Erie County is a metropolitan center located on the western border of New York State covering 1,058 square miles and consisting of 3 cities and 25 town governments.
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It has almost a million residents. Erie County is governed under a home rule charter which provides for the separation of legislative and executive functions. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, elected to a four year term, is the chief executive officer of the County. The County Legislature, consisting of 11 members elected to two year terms, is the County's governing body. Other elected positions are Comptroller, County Clerk, District Attorney, and Sheriff.

Operating as usual

09/23/2020
Erie County Office for People with Disabilities

It's #DeafAwarenessWeek—watch this short video with Frank Cammarata, Executive Director of the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities.

More info at: erie.gov/ecod

Frank Cammarata, Executive Director of Erie County Office for People with Disabilities talks about Deaf Awareness Week in Western New York

Starting now, and every Wednesday at 2 PM through October 28, join the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and...
09/23/2020

Starting now, and every Wednesday at 2 PM through October 28, join the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and PowHer NYfor weekly #PowHerTheVote rallies.

Starting now: join us for the first #PowHerTheVote rally: "Wages, Jobs & Policies That Support Women & Essential Workers" and learn how to inform your vote.

Go to http://powherthevote.org or PowHer NY for more info.

It's Falls Prevention Week. Have you registered for any of this week's free online seminars? For details, see attached p...
09/23/2020

It's Falls Prevention Week. Have you registered for any of this week's free online seminars? For details, see attached post from Erie County Senior Services.

Join the Erie County Falls Coalition for virtual Falls Prevention Week seminar. Different presentations will be held each day of the week starting at 10:00am. September 21st -25th . Call Julie Ruszala at 716-858-6403 to register unlimited spots available.

09/23/2020
Mark Poloncarz

Mark Poloncarz

This week is #DeafAwarenessWeek, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Erie County. Follow St. Mary's School for the Deaf and Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc. for more!

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library
09/23/2020

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library

Have 2 minutes? Please take our quick survey! We want to hear from you. You may even win a prize! https://tinyurl.com/BECPLSurvey.

Today is the LAST DAY of the season for the Veggie Van, in Lackawanna from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. The van brings fresh, local ...
09/23/2020

Today is the LAST DAY of the season for the Veggie Van, in Lackawanna from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. The van brings fresh, local produce directly to the community, at three locations:

10 AM – 12 noon: Lackawanna Senior Center;
1 – 2 PM: Our Lady of Victory Services;
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Taggart Park / Lackawanna Municipal Housing.

More info at:
www2.erie.gov/fpc/veggie-van &
cceniagaracounty.org/events/2020/07/08/veggie-van-in-lackawanna

TOMORROW, September 23, 10–11 AM: "Landlord-Tenant Law in the Year 2020." Hosted by Erie County Senior Services and the ...
09/22/2020

TOMORROW, September 23, 10–11 AM: "Landlord-Tenant Law in the Year 2020." Hosted by Erie County Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law & Justice, this is the 11th online seminar in the Elder Law Day Summer Series. This session will cover general landlord/tenant law, and will highlight tenant protections as well as matters relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

To register, watch past sessions, or learn more, go to: erie.gov/ELD

09/22/2020

Erie County is embracing a more #ClimateResilient future. And it's not just a wise environmental strategy—using resources more efficiently and reducing dependence on fossil fuels helps our region become more competitive.

To learn more, watch this video about our Climate Action & Sustainability Plan (CASP) & visit: erie.gov/sustainability

#climateweek #ClimateWeek2020

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! If you want to vote in this year's election, you MUST register. Make your voice ...
09/22/2020
I Will Vote

Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! If you want to vote in this year's election, you MUST register. Make your voice heard!

Go to: iwillvote.com

Be a voter in the 2020 election.

ConnectLife
09/22/2020

ConnectLife

📣 Currently, ConnectLife has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patients in need. 📣

We need type O donors to make an appointment to donate blood today, tomorrow, and the days to come - visit ConnectLife.org/KeepitHere or call 716-529-4270!

Want to make a difference? Join SMART, the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team for Erie County. Medical & non-m...
09/20/2020

Want to make a difference? Join SMART, the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team for Erie County. Medical & non-medical volunteers welcome.

Learn more at: erie.gov/smart or call (716) 858-7101.

DEADLINE: Friday, OCTOBER 9 is the LAST DAY to register for the November election. You can register in-person or by mail...
09/19/2020

DEADLINE: Friday, OCTOBER 9 is the LAST DAY to register for the November election. You can register in-person or by mail.

To get started, go to: elections.erie.gov

Are you a parent struggling to pay for your child's daycare? Erie County is offering enhanced assistance to parents—and ...
09/18/2020
Day Care | Erie County Department of Social Services

Are you a parent struggling to pay for your child's daycare? Erie County is offering enhanced assistance to parents—and most families qualify. Find out more: visit the Erie County Department of Social Services Daycare Webpage at www2.erie.gov/socialservices/daycare or call (716) 858-8953.

Applications for Day Care Assistance can be made remotely. Application packets and supporting documents can be mailed to Day Care Assistance, 95 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202. Applications are available through the following links:

You can save a life in the event of an overdose. Text 716-225-5473 for free Narcan (naloxone) kits—no questions asked—fr...
09/18/2020

You can save a life in the event of an overdose. Text 716-225-5473 for free Narcan (naloxone) kits—no questions asked—from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).

More info at: www2.erie.gov/health/naloxone

#publichealth #overdoseprevention #opioidepidemic #opiateepidemic #health #savealife #narcansaveslives

09/18/2020
Mark Poloncarz

Mark Poloncarz

Yesterday I was proud to join Spectrum Health & Human Services at the ribbon cutting of their innovative new Urgent Care Clinic. The first of its kind in Western New York, the facility provides drop-in mental health services and counseling to the public, meeting an important need in our region.

VETERANS: be sure to fill out the #2020Census—your response impacts funding for the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (...
09/17/2020

VETERANS: be sure to fill out the #2020Census—your response impacts funding for the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP), medical facilities, education, community mental health services, emergency services, and more.

Fill-out your census at: 2020census.gov

More info at: buffalolib.org/united-states-census-2020

#CompleteCount Erie County Veterans Service Agency

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Have questions about COVID contact tracing or what to do if there is a workplace exposure? Join t...
09/17/2020

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Have questions about COVID contact tracing or what to do if there is a workplace exposure? Join the FREE Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 22 at 3:00 PM. The event is sponsored by Erie County Business Task Force and the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).

Learn more & register: business.amherst.org/events

The #2020Census has been shortened by a month, but responding has never been easier! You can even do it online, so take ...
09/16/2020

The #2020Census has been shortened by a month, but responding has never been easier! You can even do it online, so take a few minutes to do your part to ensure Erie County is properly counted—and we get our fair share of funding.

Go to: 2020census.gov

U.S. Census Bureau

09/16/2020
09/16/2020
Today at 2:30 PM County Executive Poloncarz will give an update on COVID-19 with Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH...
09/16/2020
Erie County NY

Today at 2:30 PM County Executive Poloncarz will give an update on COVID-19 with Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. Watch it live here or on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/ErieCountyNY1

Official YouTube site for the government of Erie County, New York

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry
09/16/2020

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry

***JOB POSTING***
We are seeking to fill the position of Park Superintendent at Ellicott Creek Park. Interested candidates please forward resume/ application to attached address. Specifications and requirements are also attached to this posting.

Mark Poloncarz
09/16/2020

Mark Poloncarz

Today, I announced the establishment of the Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force, pursuant to NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Order 203. Signed in June following the death of George Floyd, the Executive Order mandates local governments to, among other items, “perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.” The Task Force will review the Erie County Sheriff’s Office’s Police Services division.

The thirteen members of the task force include:

· Joseph Agro, Esq.
· Melodie Baker
· Kevin Barnas
· Ysaias Feliz
· Martin Scott Floss Ph.D
· Jonathan Miles Gresham, Esq
· Town of Eden Supervisor Melissa Hartman
· Holly L. Hubert
· Springville Mayor William Krebs
· Margaret Murphy, Esq.
· Olivia Owens
· Brittany Pemberthy, Esq.
· Keith White

The individuals who comprise the Task Force come from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring invaluable legal, law enforcement, community representation and governmental experience to the task. I thank them for collaborating as a team on this endeavor and helping to envision and create law enforcement policies and procedures that reduce racial disparities, meet the needs of the community, and promote trust, fairness, and accountability.

The Task Force is expected to meet for the first time later in September. They are charged with creating a plan to adopt and implement the recommendations resulting from their policy and procedural review as well as consultations with local law enforcement, community members and organizations, interested non-profit and faith-based community groups, and local elected officials, among others. Community input will be welcomed and public comments taken into consideration in development of the group’s final plan, which must be adopted as a local law no later than April 1, 2021.

TOMORROW: the Veggie Van is in Lackawanna from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. On Wednesdays through September 23, the van brings fresh...
09/15/2020

TOMORROW: the Veggie Van is in Lackawanna from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. On Wednesdays through September 23, the van brings fresh, local produce directly to the community, at three locations:

10 AM – 12 noon: Lackawanna Senior Center;
1 – 2 PM: Our Lady of Victory Services;
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Taggart Park / Lackawanna Municipal Housing.

More info at:
www2.erie.gov/fpc/veggie-van &
cceniagaracounty.org/events/2020/07/08/veggie-van-in-lackawanna

TOMORROW, September 16, 10–11 AM: Erie County Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law & Justice are hosting the 10t...
09/15/2020

TOMORROW, September 16, 10–11 AM: Erie County Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law & Justice are hosting the 10th online seminar in the Elder Law Day Summer Series: "Your Voice, Your Values: The Conversation Project at ECMC," part of a national education campaign on the importance of advance care planning and preparing advance directives.

To register, watch past sessions, or learn more, go to: erie.gov/ELD

BUSINESS OWNERS: The Erie County Business Task Force (WNYBacktoBusiness) and Erie County Industrial Development Agency (...
09/14/2020

BUSINESS OWNERS: The Erie County Business Task Force (WNYBacktoBusiness) and Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) have a COVID-19 Disaster Relief PPE Cost-Reimbursement Grant Program.

For details, go to: ecidany.com/ecida-covid-19-grant-program

Mark Poloncarz
09/14/2020

Mark Poloncarz

Today, I announced the establishment of the Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force, pursuant to NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Order 203. Signed in June following the death of George Floyd, the Executive Order mandates local governments to, among other items, “perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.” The Task Force will review the Erie County Sheriff’s Office’s Police Services division.

The thirteen members of the task force include:

· Joseph Agro, Esq.
· Melodie Baker
· Kevin Barnas
· Ysaias Feliz
· Martin Scott Floss Ph.D
· Jonathan Miles Gresham, Esq
· Town of Eden Supervisor Melissa Hartman
· Holly L. Hubert
· Springville Mayor William Krebs
· Margaret Murphy, Esq.
· Olivia Owens
· Brittany Pemberthy, Esq.
· Keith White

The individuals who comprise the Task Force come from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring invaluable legal, law enforcement, community representation and governmental experience to the task. I thank them for collaborating as a team on this endeavor and helping to envision and create law enforcement policies and procedures that reduce racial disparities, meet the needs of the community, and promote trust, fairness, and accountability.

The Task Force is expected to meet for the first time later in September. They are charged with creating a plan to adopt and implement the recommendations resulting from their policy and procedural review as well as consultations with local law enforcement, community members and organizations, interested non-profit and faith-based community groups, and local elected officials, among others. Community input will be welcomed and public comments taken into consideration in development of the group’s final plan, which must be adopted as a local law no later than April 1, 2021.

DEADLINE: Friday, OCTOBER 9 is the LAST DAY to register for the November election. You can register in-person or by mail...
09/14/2020

DEADLINE: Friday, OCTOBER 9 is the LAST DAY to register for the November election. You can register in-person or by mail.

To get started, go to: elections.erie.gov

Get tested for COVID-19: Erie County has a searchable map of local testing sites at: erie.gov/covidtestsitesAnd don't fo...
09/13/2020

Get tested for COVID-19: Erie County has a searchable map of local testing sites at: erie.gov/covidtestsites

And don't forget: the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) offers FREE diagnostic & antibody testing—no doctor referral needed. Call (716) 858-2929.

We all know what it's like to run-out of an important resource. You can help all of us in Erie County get our #FairShare...
09/13/2020

We all know what it's like to run-out of an important resource. You can help all of us in Erie County get our #FairShare of funding for health clinics, fire departments, schools, roads, and more. Fill-out your #2020Census online, by mail, or by phone.

It's easy! Go to: 2020census.gov

Sunday Morning Hikes at Erie County Parks are back! This Sunday at 9 AM, at the Bureau of Foresty (Sardinia / East Conco...
09/12/2020

Sunday Morning Hikes at Erie County Parks are back! This Sunday at 9 AM, at the Bureau of Foresty (Sardinia / East Concord), get out and explore the trails with a Park Ranger in this unique, little-known county park. Meet at the Sugar Shack. MASKS ARE MANDATORY.

Details at: erie.gov/parks/events

GET TESTED! The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) continues to offer COVID-19 diagnostic & antibody testing to th...
09/12/2020

GET TESTED! The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) continues to offer COVID-19 diagnostic & antibody testing to the public. Call (716) 858-2929 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more at: erie.gov/covid19

Are you a parent struggling to pay for your child's daycare? Erie County is offering enhanced assistance to parents—and ...
09/12/2020
Day Care | Erie County Department of Social Services

Are you a parent struggling to pay for your child's daycare? Erie County is offering enhanced assistance to parents—and most families qualify. Find out more: visit the Erie County Department of Social Services Daycare Webpage at www2.erie.gov/socialservices/daycare or call (716) 858-8953.

Operations Update: The Day Care Unit has suspended in-person service due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Application packets and supporting documents can be mailed to Day Care Assistance, 95 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202. Applications are available through the following links:

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95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY
14202

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Erie County is a metropolitan center located on the western border of New York State covering 1,058 square miles and consisting of three cities and 25 town governments. It has almost a million residents. Erie County is governed under a home rule charter which provides for the separation of legislative and executive functions. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, elected to a four-year term, is the chief executive officer of the County. The County Legislature, consisting of 11 members elected to two-year terms, is the County's governing body. Other elected positions are Comptroller, County Clerk, District Attorney, and Sheriff.

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Did you know Erie county is in NY's 27th Democratic Congressional District? Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/27thDistNYDems/
Can you tell me if school zone speed limits are in effect?
Please help track down Oliver! Last seen at 10 am in North Tonawanda near Mississippi muds. Any information please message me. He is a 50 lb orange mutt with wirey hair.
Dear Mr. Polencarz, I want to thank you for your leadership during all of these times of crisis of COVID 19 and Civil Unrest.
When are the DMV's going to open?
Can people drive during the curfew, from one home/work, to another, as long as they do not stop and go "outside"?
does curfew from 8pm-5am this whole week INCLUDE Orchard Park?
Good morning, where might we find which Phase Martial Arts schools will be categorized and what documentation we will need to show proof of our procedures in place? Thank you for your assistance.
WHY IS THE COVID MAP NOT UPDATED? IT HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED FOR 3 DAYS. THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND THE PUBLIC SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO DAILY UPDATES.
It is really embarrassing when most of the cases are in the 14221 zip code. Is there any reason why considering it isn't as dense as some of the Buffalo zip codes?
Wegmans has a sign stating that you can't go in without a mask, and yet the distributor stocking some snacks had his mask down around his neck - "would you like some corona with those goldfish?"