Modified: May 5, 2018 11:28am

Latest News

  • New pilot program will be first of its kind in NYS outside New York City


    Area restaurants will be added to senior dining program; allows participating seniors to choose a venue and meal each day

    October 17, 2018 1:51pm
  • Dual Port station at Chestnut Ridge will provide free electric car charging

    October 16, 2018 3:10pm
  • Plan is intended to establish a framework for preservation, enhancement of existing system


    Public comment period follows stakeholder meetings at county parks, Parks User Survey  

    October 16, 2018 9:32am
  • Balanced 2019 proposal includes property tax rate cut of 2%, largest decrease in over a decade


    Enhances public health, senior protections; preserves and strengthens the People’s Mandates  


    Funding for SUNY Erie, libraries, arts & cultural groups, public art would increase; proposal also includes $32 million for road & bridge investments, $3.2 million for capital improvements in Parks

    October 12, 2018 12:45pm
  • Poloncarz, Higgins announce grants from U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


    Funding to be used to support existing Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force projects,

     implement Probation Opioid Response Initiative, Opioid Overdose Review Board


    October 9, 2018 3:42pm

For press releases from other years, please click on one of the following links:


Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined in front of the Edward A. Rath county office building by Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz, elected officials and members of the law enforcement community, community members, and officials from the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (“ABATE”) of NY Buffalo-Erie Chapter to start the motorcycle season with a call for increased safety and awareness. The 28th annual ABATE Safety and Awareness ride drew dozens of motorcyclists to downtown Buffalo for the police-escorted, awareness-raising run. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, with increased ridership and more bikes on the road.


“All motorists need to be vigilant and aware of other vehicles on the road, especially smaller vehicles such as motorcycles,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “With more motorcycles on the road each year, it is important for all to use extra caution and good judgment while paying increased attention to who is sharing the road with us. Safe driving habits will make for a better riding season for everyone.”


According to October 2017 data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research in Albany, there were 759 motorcyclist fatalities and over 20,000 injury crashes in New York between 2012 and 2016.  In 2016 alone there were 134 fatalities, over 4,000 injuries statewide, and 13 % of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists. Motorcyclists in the 21 - 29 year age group are most likely to be involved in fatal crashes, and this age group accounts for nearly 30% of all motorcycle fatalities. Additionally, 50% of all fatal motorcycle crashes occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and these crashes have a slightly higher rate of alcohol involvement compared to all drivers in fatal crashes.


Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz said, “Motorcyclists are very vulnerable when they are travelling our roadways, and they are the ones who are most seriously hurt in accidents with four-wheeled vehicles. Drivers need to focus on who is on the road with them and get rid of all distractions to ensure their own safety and the safety of those driving around them.”


Known for their “Watch for Motorcycles” signs, ABATE currently has 25 chapters across New York State dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety, awareness and education. The organization also pursues fair treatment for all motorcyclists, closely monitors proposed motorcycle-impacting legislation, and works for freedom of choice regarding safety equipment. While protecting individuals’ “Right to Ride”, ABATE keeps members educated on all issues affecting motorcyclists.





For more information:


On the Erie County Department of Central Police Services, visit   http://www2.erie.gov/cps/  


On ABATE of NY, visit   http://www.abateny.org/  


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