Mark Poloncarz’s Speech at the March 24, 2018 Rally and March For Our Lives in Buffalo, NY

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Mark Poloncarz

About Mark Poloncarz

Mark C. Poloncarz is Erie County New York's eighth County Executive. Since taking office as Executive in January 2012, Mark has returned county government to its core mission of providing the programs and services that residents demand as effectively and efficiently as possible, while also ensuring that we invest in our libraries, arts and cultural institutions, infrastructure and address issues of poverty.

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  • Speech of Mark Poloncarz as prepared for delivery for the March For Our Lives Buffalo on March 24, 2018. We are here today to send a message to Congress, including Congressman Chris Collins and Tom Reed of WNY, that the madness of continued mass shootings must end, to let our fellow Americans know we care for them and we must stop the insanity of the endless mass slaughter of innocent persons. This seems to be an endless cycle of violence. … read more

  • On June 1, 2017, the federal government announced its intention to withdraw from the international Paris Climate Agreement, a historic compact that 195 countries entered into in 2015 to address the mitigation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The agreement marked a turning point in raising global awareness about climate change and garnering international support for efforts to reduce pollution and promote green energy policies. The United States now stands alone in the world as the only country outside … read more

  • A weather emergency can strike in an instant – floods, snow storms, or as we saw this past year, even tornadoes. As Erie County residents we all know what lies ahead in the weather as the calendar turns to November. It’s time to prepare for the eventual Lake Effect snowstorms and ensure that we take care of ourselves and others. Personal planning for potential weather emergencies is important, and just as our county Department of Public Works plans to keep … read more

  • By Mark C. Poloncarz October 3, 2017 On October 2, America woke up to the terrible news of the slaughter of innocent concert-goers in Las Vegas. As we all know, 59 persons were murdered and more than 500 injured in a fusillade of bullets that lasted minutes, but must have seemed to be a lifetime to those seeking shelter. A sniper unleashed terror from 32 floors in the sky, ending the lives of dozens of innocent people and destroyed countless … read more

  • In 1981 Karl Hand, a neo-nazi sympathizer, organized a “whites have rights” rally in Buffalo and called on others to join him. I remember it clearly because there was a big lead up to it and counter protests were scheduled. The community was on edge, worried about what might happen. On the day of the event Karl Hand was joined by no one. A swarm of media and counter protestors were there but no one other than Hand showed up … read more