Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election

August 05 2013

DATE:  August 5, 2013    

CONTACT:  Peter Savage 716.553.0195

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Endorsement of Erie County’s Top Democrat Viewed as Another

Significant Boost to Mayor’s Soaring Campaign


Buffalo, NY- Mayor Brown’s campaign rolled out another major announcement today, with the endorsement of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. County Executive Poloncarz has served as Erie County’s chief executive since 2012 and as the highest ranking elected official in Erie County is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. County Executive Poloncarz is widely respected for changing the culture in county government with a focus on providing core services to county residents.  Under County Executive Poloncarz’ effective leadership, a 10 year lease was negotiated with the Buffalo Bills and the State of New York, securing the team’s long term future in Western New York.  Prior to running county government, County Executive Poloncarz served as Erie County Comptroller for six years where he was lauded for his independent oversight of Erie County’s finances.

In making his endorsement, County Executive Poloncarz highlighted his strong partnership with Mayor Brown saying: “During my time as County Executive, Mayor Brown has been a partner in several initiatives that have strengthened our region, including the formation of the Land Bank and cooperation on infrastructure improvements to Kenmore Avenue. We have maintained open, constructive lines of communication while demonstrating to residents that government can work collaboratively and efficiently to deliver services, and I look forward to reinforcing this beneficial relationship in Mayor Brown’s next term.”

The City of Buffalo is making great progress under Mayor Brown’s leadership with lower taxes, reduced crime, the highest credit rating in the city’s history, and increased economic development activity. There is currently $1.7 billion in economic development underway in the City of Buffalo, including the $172 million Harbor Center project on the Webster Block, creating new jobs.

Mayor Brown said, “I am honored to earn the endorsement of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, someone who has been an effective and a tremendous partner in Buffalo’s progress. Whether through collaboration to support regional cultural institutions like Kleinhans Music Hall which hosts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, or as a member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the County Executive is a strong partner in the great progress we are making in Buffalo, and I look forward to continuing to work together in the years ahead.”

Erie County Executive Poloncarz’ endorsement follows the recent endorsements of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan.  Mayor Brown is the endorsed candidate of the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence Parties.  Primary Day is Tuesday, September 10th.