Mark Poloncarz’s Comments on the Orlando Mass Shooting

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Mark Poloncarz

About Mark

Mark C. Poloncarz is Erie County's eighth County Executive. Since taking office as Erie County Executive in January 2012, Mark has worked to change the culture of Erie County government and return it to its core mission: provide the programs and services that residents and taxpayers demand as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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  • Comments of Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, as prepared for delivery before a vigil in remembrance and honor of the victims of the Pulse Orlando massacre on June 13, 2016 at Niagara Square, Buffalo. Today we gather to remember and honor the victims of the horrible massacre perpetrated this weekend at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 lives were cut short at the hands of a madman. 49 families have been destroyed because of the twisted hatred of one man. … read more

  • By Mark C. Poloncarz June 9, 2016 In 1787, our nation’s forefathers met in Philadelphia to draft a new set of laws to govern the fledgling United States of America. Though they could not have known it when they gathered to create, as the Preamble to the Constitution says, “a more perfect Union,” the country governed by that Constitution would still be around 229 years later, still seeking perfection. As our nation learned during the presidential primary season of 2016, … read more

  • By Mark C. Poloncarz May 18, 2016 I watched Senator Sanders speech in Carson, California last night. I was very disappointed in his accusation that the Democratic Party does not represent the people, the working and middle class of the nation and is essentially corrupt. He is wrong. For decades it has been the Democratic Party that has protected the rights of the working men and women of this country against an onslaught from the right. Governing a nation which … read more

  • By Mark C. Poloncarz (originally published on Facebook on April 17, 2016): As you all know (unless you have been living under a rock), Tuesday is Primary Day in NY. Polls open at 6 am in Erie County, noon elsewhere in WNY, and then all close at 9 pm. Only registered members of each party are entitled to vote. This is called a closed primary, and in my opinion is correct. Members of other political parties, or independents, should not … read more

  • Yes, we must repeal Citizens United, but there is much more we need to do if we are to fix our broken campaign finance system. By Mark C. Poloncarz The 2016 Democratic Party’s primary season has been punctuated by a general agreement by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on many of the issues presented. You might not realize it from the statements of supporters to the contrary, but while they may disagree on a few matters they have much more … read more