POLONCARZ PRAISES WHITE HOUSE ACTION ON PAY EQUITY

POLONCARZ PRAISES WHITE HOUSE ACTION ON PAY EQUITY

Federal action to reduce gender pay gap mirrors County Executive’s efforts

ERIE COUNTY, NY- Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today praised a new federal proposal aimed at reducing the gender pay gap that would require companies with more than 100 employees to submit yearly pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The new proposal, which augments a 2014 presidential memorandum on pay equity, would compel businesses to add pay data in 12 salary ranges to other workplace information already submitted to the EEOC as part of their required disclosure.

“I have long been a proponent for gender pay equity, and have instituted policies in Erie County and at the ECIDA to ensure that no business that practices pay discrimination gains contracts or tax incentives from the residents of Erie County. This federal proposal dovetails with our local actions and raises the effort to end wage discrimination to another level, and I commend President Obama for taking such action,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “We must remain vigilant in the fight to end such discrimination and ensure that women and men receive equal pay for equal work. As in Erie County, this proposal is not burdensome or onerous to business but rather is a good way for them to show that they treat their employees equally.”

Poloncarz issued an pay equity policy at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (“ECIDA”) in 2015. The EEOC will seek public comment on the new federal pay equity proposal through April 1 and anticipates finalizing the new rule by September.

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POLONCARZ, FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVES PUBLICLY UNVEIL PAINTINGS

 

OCTOBER 28, 2015

 

CONTACT: Peter Anderson / Peter.Anderson@erie.gov

Phone: (716)858-8500 / Mobile: (716) 270-7842

 

10-28 CE event

 

Life-sized portraits created by local artist showcase first six Erie County Executives

 

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined today by former Erie County Executives Ed Rutkowski, Dennis Gorski and Joel Giambra and relatives of former Erie County Executive B. John Tutuska for the public unveiling of six life-sized portraits painted by local artist Mary Smith that showcase the individuals who served as Erie County’s first six county executives.

 

“It is an honor to pay homage and show respect to the first six people to serve in the capacity of Erie County Executive,” said Poloncarz. “As the current county executive I encouraged The Buffalo History Museum to allow us to publicly display this artwork here in the Rath Building. I would like to thank the artist, Mary Smith, for her time and talents and showing great patience as it has been nearly a decade since she completed these beautiful portraits. I am pleased to be able to unveil them today with my predecessors in office in a non-partisan manner that celebrates the history of the elected officials who have led Erie County over the last 50-plus years.”

 

The portraits include Tutuska, Rutkowski, Gorski and Giambra, as well as former county executives Edward A. Rath Sr. and Edward V. Regan. They were commissioned by the Gorski administration and completed during the time Giambra  served as county executive. They sat in storage at The Buffalo History Museum until being recently rediscovered and hung in the county’s executive’s chambers on the 16th floor of the Rath Building.

 

A resident of Lake View, Mary Smith works out of three different studios. Primarily a sculptor and portrait painter, she has shown her work extensively in prestigious juried exhibitions. She has won medals and awards for sculpture and for painting. Smith has also had various distinguished public and private sculpture and painting commissions.

 

In addition to the full-sized portraits now on display on the 16th floor of the Rath Building, her work can be found on display at various locations throughout Western New York, including The Shaw Festival Theater, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Westminster Presbyterian Church, The Buffalo History Museum, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo City Hall,  SUNY at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and The Buffalo Club.

 

“I am so happy to be able to see my work on display here at the Rath Building,” said Smith. “I thank County Executive Poloncarz for seeing through on this and of course I also thank the previous county executives for allowing me to illustrate their leadership in portraits that I believe capture the essence of the public service they provided to the residents of Erie County during their time in office.”

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POLONCARZ PRESENTS 2016 ERIE COUNTY PROPOSED BUDGET

NEWS RELEASE

 

October 15, 2015

 

CONTACT: Peter Anderson / Peter.Anderson@erie.gov

Phone: (716)858-8500 / Mobile: (716) 270-7842

 

POLONCARZ PRESENTS 2016 ERIE COUNTY PROPOSED BUDGET

 

Real Property Tax Rate Remains Unchanged as County’s Fiscal Health Continues to Improve; Total Spending Shows Minuscule Increase over 2015

 

Balanced Proposal includes increases for roads, infrastructure; critical investments in libraries, economic development initiatives; notes rise in mandated costs

 

 

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz presented his Fiscal Year 2016 proposed Erie County Budget (“Proposed Budget”), which maintains and strengthens Erie County’s quality-of-life services and programs, funds the repair of roads and infrastructure, and provides support for multiple economic development initiatives while holding the line on taxes. In addition, the reasonable and balanced Proposed Budget does not change the real property tax rate, which remains at $4.99 per thousand of assessed value; the real property tax rate is the lowest it has been since 2008 and remains one of the lowest county property tax rates in New York State.

 

“A sound and reasonable budget addresses the needs of the community, balances available funds in a prudent and responsible manner, and builds on past successes toward a brighter future. We are doing that today as we present a proposal that does not raise real property taxes and keeps total spending nearly flat, with an increase of only 0.73% from last year’s adopted Budget,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “This is the fourth Budget that I have presented as Erie County Executive, and it reflects the growth in our county as well as the challenge that state-mandated costs still present, which constitute 89% of our Budget for 2016. Moreover, it reflects my administration’s enduring commitment to strengthening public health and safety, investing in our infrastructure, and providing the services that taxpayers demand and expect. ”

 

Erie County’s revived economic and fiscal health provide the platform for the 2016 Proposed Budget, with recent credit upgrades and a NYS Comptroller report noting that the county’s fiscal stress level has declined for the second year in a row underscoring the balanced proposal. Erie County’s credit rating has now re-attained levels it has not seen since before the “Red/Green Fiscal Crisis” of a decade ago, bolstered by a robust county fund balance that continues to grow at modest rates.

 

“Wall Street has noticed that my administration has righted the fiscal ship in Erie County, and these upgrades to our credit rating are good news for all residents,”Poloncarz added. “Prudent fiscal stewardship of county resources has been a hallmark of my tenure both as Comptroller and now as County Executive, and I am proud that our hard work to restore Erie County’s good rating and good name has been noticed.”

 

Among the areas designated for prioritized funding in the Proposed Budget are road and bridge projects, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to improving Erie County’s infrastructure. Despite an environment in which federal funding for highway and road projects has virtually been eliminated or come to a standstill, the Proposed Budget would invest $53 million in capital projects in 2016.

 

Elsewhere, the Proposed Budget allocates a funding increase of over $460,000 for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library; funding for the B&ECPL, which had been uncertain under prior administrations, has increased by nearly $1.7 million since 2012. For the fourth year in a row, cultural organizations will also see increased funding for new applicants and agencies through a rigorous, competitive process that replaces the patchwork process in existence prior to the Poloncarz administration. Other areas identified for increased funding include critical tourism promotion through Visit Buffalo Niagara; added community development funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension and Erie County Soil and Water Conservation; and funding for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation (“land bank”) to continue its work of acquiring, rehabilitating and returning abandoned or foreclosed properties to productive use.

 

Poloncarz said, “This Proposed Budget invests once again in the Peoples Mandates, wisely using county resources to aid in providing the services that residents expect. Each year, we are working hard to build a stronger Erie County and investments such as these add to our community health, our economic development, and our quality of life.”

 

Other highlights of the Proposed Budget for 2016 include an operational funding increase of over $245,000 for Erie Community College, the second year in a row the College has received such an increase and that takes Erie County’s operational support to ECC to $16 million; creating new positions in the county workforce for important initiatives such as two new sheriff’s deputies to work on the heroin and drug epidemic sweeping our area, three new positions in the E-911 call center to provide additional support to this critical system, and three new attorney positions in order to meet state-mandated requirements for Family Court; and funding to purchase new vans for senior citizen transportation through the “Going places” van program.

 

The Proposed Budget for 2016 now goes to the Erie County Legislature for their review and vote by December 8, 2015.

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Poloncarz Takes Positive Message to Airwaves

 

Contact:

(716) 255-7849

press@markpoloncarz.com

 

October 8, 2015

 

Poloncarz Takes Positive Message to Airwaves

 

In New Ads, County Executive Promotes Economic Development, Leadership in Erie County

 

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Two more commercials began to air yesterday to promote Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s campaign for reelection. The two commercials promote Poloncarz’s positive accomplishments from the past four years and touch on the themes of economic development, job creation and fiscal stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

 

“I’m proud to run a positive campaign based on my proven leadership as Erie County Executive,” said Poloncarz. “My commercials highlight my record of job creation, strong leadership and prudent budgeting. I hope that voters will see that I have led the community in the right direction. I will continue to run a positive campaign based on my record of accomplishments.”

 

The ad “Forecast” describes how Poloncarz’s actions as County Executive have led to unemployment numbers decreasing and budget surpluses, all while protecting the services the public demands, like parks and libraries. As Poloncarz says in the ad, “Together, we weathered the storms.” The ad “Coach” shows Poloncarz as a volunteer hockey coach, describing how Poloncarz fought to protect Erie County during Winter Storm Knife in November 2014 and keep the community safe. The popular incumbent Democrat is running for election to a second term in office on Election Day, Tuesday November 3.

 

Poloncarz now has three commercials on the air, all of which highlight positive accomplishments of his administration. The first ad, “Steel City,” debuted last week and highlights Poloncarz’s success story in bringing the Canadian company Welded Tube to the old Bethlehem Steel site, creating 90 new full-time jobs. All three commercials can be viewed online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poloncarz Endorsed by Women’s Equality Party

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Contact:

(716) 255-7849

press@markpoloncarz.com

 

October 6, 2015

 

Poloncarz Endorsed by Women’s Equality Party

 

County Executive Recognized for Leadership, Advocacy on Women’s Issues

 

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced that he has been endorsed by the Women’s Equality Party and will proudly run on their line in this November’s election. During his first term in office, Poloncarz has implemented a county policy that mandates equal pay for equal work between genders and also initiated the establishment of a similar policy at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

 

“The Women’s Equality Party was proud to endorse Mark Poloncarz, who has shown a strong commitment to the issues of gender equality. By championing the County’s Pay Equity policy for businesses that contract with Erie County he has been a leader in ensuring Erie County families benefit from the many advantages that are realized when women are paid equal to their male counterparts. This is only one example of his ongoing support for women in Erie County,” said Diana Cihak, WNY Regional Chair of the Women’s Equality Party.

 

Other examples of Poloncarz’ ongoing supports for women in Erie County include his advocacy for women- and minority owned businesses in county contracts and his strong support for the creation of the Domestic Violence Tribute Garden at Isle View Park.

 

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of the Women’s Equality Party and will continue to work hard to ensure that women’s rights are recognized and respected across Erie County,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I am proud to run with other strong candidates like Kelly Brinkworth for Erie County Family Court and Diane Benczkowski for Cheektowaga Supervisor on the Women’s Equality Party line. Women are vital to the success of our economy, our community, and our region. I will always speak strongly for their rights and support their full participation in our business community.”

 

Seeking election to a second term on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, Poloncarz has also been endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families Parties and will run on their lines as well. Poloncarz is also proud to be endorsed for re-election by the WNY CWA Council, the Buffalo PBA, the WNY Area Labor Federation, 1199 SEIU, Local 282 of the Buffalo Professional Firefighters, Laborers Local 210, the Buffalo Building Trades, the United Auto Workers, the Stonewall Democrats of WNY, and UAW Region 9.

 

 

 

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