Poloncarz Spotlights Economic Turnaround in Ad Debut

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz will be taking his re-election message directly to Erie County residents with the special debut of his first ad, highlighting just one of the efforts he has made to strengthen our local economy and create jobs. The Democratic incumbent is seeking a second term on Election Day, Tuesday November 3 and is eager to run on his record and discuss achievements from the past four years as well as plans for the future.

“When I ran for County Executive four years ago I made some promises to the people of Erie County, including working with others to grow our economy, and I am looking forward to revisiting them throughout my campaign and beyond. While we do attract some national and even international attention for our weather, we are also gaining more notice for our quality of life, our reinvigorated waterfront, our business-friendly economic development atmosphere, and our vibrant cultural community,” said Erie County Executive Poloncarz. “Erie County has made good progress in multiple ways in these areas and more over the past four years and is poised for even greater things ahead. As the campaign nears Election Day, we will be highlighting the progress that is building a stronger Erie County and also outlining a vision for the future.”

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Comments of Mark Poloncarz at the dedication of the Domestic Violence Victims Tribute Garden

Comments of Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz at the dedication of the Domestic Violence Victims Tribute Garden at Isleview Park in Tonwanda, New York today:

Mark Poloncarz delivering his remarks at the Tribute Garden Dedication Ceremony

Today, we do more than just dedicate a garden. We honor the victims of domestic violence and dedicate ourselves to ending this scourge on society.

While there are many names and faces of domestic violence, in the end it is essentially the face of humanity because domestic violence knows no ethnicity, no economic status, no religion, and yes, knows no one gender.

It is as old as Bible yet as present as today.

That is why what we do here today is so important because we, as a community, make a solemn pledge to the victims of domestic violence.
To those who are no longer here we say to you – you are not forgotten.

While we cannot change the past, we will always remember you, your smile, the joy you brought to our lives, the incredible total journey that was your life and we pledge to you we will work as a community to ensure others do not befall a similar fate.

To those who are still here we say to you – you are not alone.

There is hope because we, all of us, are here for you.

You matter to each and every one of us. You are a strong person who is an integral member of our greater society and together we will walk down a path towards a brighter future for you.

Today we consecrate these grounds to honor and celebrate the lives of the men and women who are the names and faces of the victims of domestic violence in our community.

Today is a day which in which we pledge to them we will work together, as a community, to create a better and safer future for all. Thank you

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Message from Mark Poloncarz – Erie County’s Economic Renaissance Continues

Dear Friend,

It is hard to ignore the overwhelming enthusiasm and added momentum associated with Erie County’s revitalized economy, with new jobs and new investments helping to provide a glimpse at our region’s bright future. Even Wall Street recognizes our economic renaissance as Fitch Ratings recently upgraded Erie County’s credit rating to the “A+” category.

This is the highest rating the county has received from Fitch since before the “Red-Green” fiscal crisis and is further evidence of my administration’s strong stewardship of our county’s finances. Working together as a community, we are creating a better and much stronger Erie County.

Another example of our community working together for the betterment of all is the “Smart Growth” project in the Village of Springville. Earlier this week I was pleased to join various elected officials and other community stakeholders as we celebrated the completion of the first phase and cut the ribbon on the start of the second phase of the project. Streetscape improvements have taken place, including paving, curbing, lighting, benches, plantings and various other improvements in Springville’s central business district. Similar work will continue as part of the second phase of the project next spring.

The transformation of Franklin Street and Mechanic Street in Springville is just another example of how revitalizing community development block grant funds can be leveraged with other funding sources to enhance the core of a municipality and help create a more walkable, livable and stronger community. You can watch my comments from this week’s ribbon cutting by clicking here:


Sincerely yours,

Mark Poloncarz

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Mark Poloncarz’s Statement on NYS Wage Board’s Recommended Minimum Wage Increase for Fast Food Workers

Today the wage board of New York State recommended a graduated increase of fast food workers wages to $15 an hour by 2021 in all parts of New York State except for New York City, which would increase to $15 an hour by 2018. As a long time proponent of an increase in the minimum wage I commend the board on its decision, though believe all wages regardless of where you work should be increased, not just fast food workers.

You will hear in the coming days many business leaders decry the decision as destroying business. This happens every time the minimum wage is proposed to be increased or actually is increased. In 2005 I rebutted that argument in the pages of Buffalo Business First with the following column using statistics to show that an increase in the minimum wage won’t hurt the economy but can actually help it, and I think history has shown my argument to be true: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2005/01/24/editorial2.html?page=all

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Poloncarz Accepts Working Families Party Endorsement

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued the following statement after receiving the endorsement of the Working Families Party:

I’m honored to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party for my reelection as Erie County Executive. The Party and I have always been aligned with issues affecting hardworking men and women. As the son of a steelworker and a nurse, I understand that all work has dignity and that workers are the backbone of our community. As County Executive, I have continued the fight for fair treatment for workers, just and equitable labor policies and increased opportunities for all individuals. I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with the Working Families Party in the past and I’m proud to do so today and in the future to build a stronger Erie County.”

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