Mark Poloncarz

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With every passing minute more power outages are being reported due to the windstorm. Be prepared for a possible outage:...
11/15/2020

With every passing minute more power outages are being reported due to the windstorm. Be prepared for a possible outage: power up your phones and devices now and make sure you know where your flashlights are.

Also, if you lose power NEVER use a generator in a house or garage.

There are more than 14,000 customers without power from outages across Erie County. You can review National Grid's Outag...
11/15/2020

There are more than 14,000 customers without power from outages across Erie County. You can review National Grid's Outage Map here: https://t.co/k27KgpsPTn and NYSEG's Outage Map here: https://t.co/0pkaYEAuo2 and use either of those links to report an outage.

Also, charge all your devices NOW in case you lost power later.

COVID-19 new case report for Sat. Nov. 14: Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) confirmed 381 new COVID-19 cases out...
11/15/2020

COVID-19 new case report for Sat. Nov. 14: Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) confirmed 381 new COVID-19 cases out of 6,261 reports received for a daily positivity rate of 6.1%. Total Cases are now 17,874.

7-Day average rate was 6.8%.

ECDOH advises 16% of the county's pandemic cases were reported this week (2,917).

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by @NWSBUFFALO for much of Erie County until 3:30 pm. 70 mph wind gusts are possible,...
11/15/2020

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by @NWSBUFFALO for much of Erie County until 3:30 pm. 70 mph wind gusts are possible, as well as penny sized hail.

COVID-19 Hospitalization report for WNY and Erie County for Nov. 13: 147 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in WNY (32 ...
11/15/2020

COVID-19 Hospitalization report for WNY and Erie County for Nov. 13: 147 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in WNY (32 in the ICU); 119 of those patients were in Erie County hospitals, 28 of those in the ICU and 8 on an airway assist. Unfortunately, 2 patients died. #WearAMask!

Today starts the Indian festival of Diwali, the festival of lights. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and know...
11/14/2020

Today starts the Indian festival of Diwali, the festival of lights. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

While traditional Diwali celebrations have been curtailed this year, I wish all who celebrate a year of peace and prosperity.

COVID-19 new case report for Erie County for Friday, Nov. 13: 406 new cases were confirmed by the Erie County Department...
11/14/2020

COVID-19 new case report for Erie County for Friday, Nov. 13: 406 new cases were confirmed by the Erie County Department of Health out of 5,893 diagnostic reports received for a daily positivity rate of 6.9%.

The 7-day positivity rate is now also 6.9%.

Total cases through Nov. 13 is now 17,540.

Support local businesses this holiday season with a #Shop716 e-gift card. Now get a bonus $25 gift card when you purchas...
11/14/2020

Support local businesses this holiday season with a #Shop716 e-gift card. Now get a bonus $25 gift card when you purchase one for $25 or more. Buy online and shop online as part of the #shop716challenge and #dine716challenge.

Purchase your Shop 716 eGift Card at amherst.org/shop716

COVID-19 new case report for Erie County for Thursday, Nov. 12: Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) confirmed 476 n...
11/13/2020

COVID-19 new case report for Erie County for Thursday, Nov. 12:
Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) confirmed 476 new COVID-19 cases out of 8,066 diagnostic reports received for a daily positivity rate of 5.9%.

Total cases are now 17,105. The 7-day Positivity rate for Erie County is now 6.6%.

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) diagnostic COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic residents and close co...
11/13/2020

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) diagnostic COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic residents and close contacts to confirmed COVID-19 cases. Others interested in a test can visit erie.gov/covidtestsites for a list of testing locations throughout Erie County.

More Information: https://bit.ly/2UwFauF

11/13/2020
Together We Can Save Lives

We are asking for your help to save lives. Together we can stop the community transmission of COVID19 and protect our loved ones. We know what works. Please follow the recommendations of health professionals: #WearAMask #SocialDistance #WashYourHands #StayHomeWhenSick

We can stop community transmission of COVID-19, but we need your help. New daily COVID-19 cases this week have been the ...
11/13/2020

We can stop community transmission of COVID-19, but we need your help. New daily COVID-19 cases this week have been the highest seen within Erie County since the start of the pandemic. Given the enormous volume of cases this week, Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) contact tracer investigations are delayed. Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID test result by their physician, pharmacy, health care facility or laboratory must ISOLATE and notify close contacts to QUARANTINE. More information below:

RELEASE: Positive for #COVID19? Isolate and tell close and household contacts to quarantine. We can stop community transmission of COVID-19, but we need your help. https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=press/positive-covid-19-isolate-and-tell-close-and-household-contacts-quarantine

New daily COVID-19 cases this week have been the highest seen within Erie County since the start of the pandemic, with few signs of slowing down soon. Our contact tracers are working through a caseload that can only be described as crushing.

Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID test result by their physician, pharmacy, health care facility or laboratory must ISOLATE for 10 days past the onset of symptoms or 10 days past the date of their positive test sample collection (if no symptoms).

Close contacts and household members of an individual with a positive test results must QUARANTINE for 14 days past the last date of exposure. Close contacts of a positive case should have a diagnostic COVID-19 test about 5 days after their last date of exposure.

A negative diagnostic COVID-19 test does not end or shorten the quarantine period. Call (716) 858-2929 to schedule a free test through ECDOH. Call 1-888-364-3065 to schedule a free test through NYSDOH - New York State Health Department. Other local sites are listed www.erie.gov/covidtestsites.

We are asking physicians, pharmacies, healthcare organizations and any site that provides COVID diagnostic testing to help us. Educate your patients about how to safely isolate & quarantine & why it is important for their household’s health & for the health of our community.

Via CDC
Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
Quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Call your doctor w/ questions for advice on managing symptoms. If you have trouble breathing or are experiencing severe symptoms, call 911, and let them know you're in isolation/quarantine.

Staying at home for an extended period, especially if one or more people in a household are ill, can make accessing basic needs like food and medicine a challenge. If you are need help with basic needs, call 2-1-1 (www.211wny.org). or our Info Line at (716) 858-2929.

People who are unable to safely isolate or quarantine should call (716) 858-2929 to ask for assistance.

More isolation and quarantine info: www.erie.gov/covid19/iq

The New York State Department of Labor is hosting a Virtual Job Fair for WNY on November 17 & 18. The focus will be on t...
11/13/2020

The New York State Department of Labor is hosting a Virtual Job Fair for WNY on November 17 & 18. The focus will be on the Manufacturing, Healthcare, & Food Retail industries.
To register, go to: nysdolvirtual.easyvirtualfair.com
Want to exhibit? Info at: nysdolvirtual.getyourbooth.com

Our Department of Senior Services "University Express" program is still running, just virtually on the Internet. You can...
11/13/2020
University Express

Our Department of Senior Services "University Express" program is still running, just virtually on the Internet. You can sign up for great courses on history, science, health and wellness, and so many others.

Click here to learn more about this FREE program and the schedule of upcoming programs: https://www2.erie.gov/universityexpress/

University Express offers free educational classes for older adults in Erie County. The program runs during spring and fall semesters. You will find classes in a variety of categories, including current affairs, history, humanities, finance and medicine.

As I said yesterday, we need to continue to turn the tide before the number of Covid cases spirals out of control. We th...
11/13/2020
Erie County's yellow zone may expand as Covid-19 rates rise

As I said yesterday, we need to continue to turn the tide before the number of Covid cases spirals out of control. We think we can bring this down, but it requires all of us. Too many people like to talk about 'me,' but it is 'we' who must do it, together.

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/its-everywhere-poloncarz-says-of-covid-19-in-erie-county/article_f2924180-251a-11eb-be60-eb5b9e0a37b7.amp.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_TheBuffaloNews&__twitter_impression=true

New confirmed cases jumped from 703 two weeks ago to 1,520 this past week. Three weeks ago, the number of confirmed cases was still below 400.

WNY and Erie County COVID-19 hospitalization report for Nov. 11: 134 COVID-19 patients were in WNY hospitals, 25 in the ...
11/13/2020

WNY and Erie County COVID-19 hospitalization report for Nov. 11: 134 COVID-19 patients were in WNY hospitals, 25 in the ICU. 94 of those patients were in Erie County hospitals, 21 in the ICU, 8 required an airway assist and, sadly, 3 patients died.

More sobering news from Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) : On Nov. 11, 6,401 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were repo...
11/12/2020

More sobering news from Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) : On Nov. 11, 6,401 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were reported to ECDOH and 534 new cases were confirmed for a daily positivity rate of 8.3%.

Total cases through Nov. 11 are now 16,660.

The 7-day positivity average for the County is now 6.3%.

11/12/2020
Coronavirus/COVID19 Update: November 12, 2020

Our COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are significantly on the rise. All of us need to start thinking about we - not me - because we are all in this together.

Please #WearAMask, #WashYourHands, practice #SafeSocialDistancing and be a good neighbor to all.

You can watch a repeat of my press conference with Dr. Burstein from earlier today here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUjOd7kR7qw

Please stay home if you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 (except to get medical care). Symptoms can include cou...
11/12/2020

Please stay home if you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 (except to get medical care). Symptoms can include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell.

Learn more about what to do if you think you may have COVID19: https://www.cdc.gov/.../if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Due to fast spreading COVID-19 infection rates across the state Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced new restriction...
11/12/2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Restaurants, Bars & Other SLA-licensed Entities Must Close In-person Service From 10 PM to 5 AM Daily

Due to fast spreading COVID-19 infection rates across the state Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced new restrictions for all of NYS:

1. Any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close at 10pm.
2. Gyms must also close at 10pm.
3. Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people.

These new statewide rules will take effect Friday, 10pm.

Governor Cuomo announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State.

TODAY at 2:30PM Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and I will give a #COVID19 updat...
11/12/2020
Erie County NY

TODAY at 2:30PM Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and I will give a #COVID19 update. Watch it LIVE on the Erie County, NY Youtube channel: YouTube.com/ErieCountyNY

Official YouTube site for the government of Erie County, New York

Erie County COVID-19 hospitalization report for Nov. 10: 126 COVID-19 patients were in WNY hospitals, 21 in the ICU. 84 ...
11/12/2020

Erie County COVID-19 hospitalization report for Nov. 10: 126 COVID-19 patients were in WNY hospitals, 21 in the ICU. 84 of those patients were in Erie County hospitals (the most since June 10), 17 were in the ICU, 7 required an airway assist and 1 patient died. 44% of Erie County's patients were under the age of 65.

Did you know #ErieCounty has a #FairHousing law? The County partners with Housing Opportunities Made equal to ensure tha...
11/12/2020

Did you know #ErieCounty has a #FairHousing law? The County partners with Housing Opportunities Made equal to ensure that everyone has equal access to housing. If you’ve experienced housing discrimination, file a complaint at http://homeny.org/report-discrimination

Want to make a difference? Join the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART)—the volunteer public health eme...
11/12/2020

Want to make a difference? Join the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART)—the volunteer public health emergency response for Erie County. Med & non-med volunteers encouraged to apply!

Learn more: http://erie.gov/smart or (716) 858-7101

The Erie County Department of Senior Services, with community partners, offers the Going Places Transportation Program t...
11/11/2020

The Erie County Department of Senior Services, with community partners, offers the Going Places Transportation Program to older adults (age 60+).

For more info, including how to schedule a ride through the Department, go to: http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/transportation

Concerned about your home’s safety? Erie County offers FREE home assessments of indoor air quality, fire and carbon mono...
11/11/2020

Concerned about your home’s safety? Erie County offers FREE home assessments of indoor air quality, fire and carbon monoxide safety, lead poisoning hazards, and more. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors provided as needed.

Learn more about the program: http://www2.erie.gov/health/healthy-neighborhoods-program-hnp

COVID-19 new case report for Nov. 11: 429 new cases were confirmed by Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) out of 6,...
11/11/2020

COVID-19 new case report for Nov. 11: 429 new cases were confirmed by Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) out of 6,067 diagnostic reports received for a daily positivity rate of 7.1%. The 7-Day Positivity rate is 5.8%. First 3 reporting days of this week: 1,110 confirmed cases. Total cases are now 16,130.

11/11/2020

Due to today being Veterans' Day, Dr. Burstein and I will provide a COVID-19 Update TOMORROW, Thursday, November 12.

Though County offices are closed, our Department of Health staff is working today. Updated daily information will be provided on Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)'s and my social media accounts.

COVID-19 hospitalization Report for Nov. 9: 109 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across WNY (21 in the ICU), 67 of th...
11/11/2020

COVID-19 hospitalization Report for Nov. 9: 109 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across WNY (21 in the ICU), 67 of them were in Erie County (15 in the ICU/6 required an airway assist).

Sadly, 5 COVID-19 patients died in an Erie Co. hospital on Nov. 9.

Please #WearAMask!

All Erie County Offices are closed today in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served on behalf of our nation!
11/11/2020

All Erie County Offices are closed today in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served on behalf of our nation!

11/11/2020
Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have served on our behalf. Our country would not be the same without your dedication, sacrifice, and bravery. Thank you for your service.

Latest new COVID-19 case report for Nov. 9: 446 new cases were confirmed by Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) out...
11/10/2020

Latest new COVID-19 case report for Nov. 9: 446 new cases were confirmed by Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) out of 6,301 diagnostic lab reports received for a daily positivity rate of 7.1%. The 7-Day rolling average positivity rate is now 5.5%.

Our recent COVID-19 case numbers have been very poor. We can and must do a better job of preventing the spread of COVID-19, otherwise we are facing additional shutdowns that no one wants.

Please #WearAMask, #WashYourHands and practice safe, socially distant actions at all times.

Erie County Business Task Force is gearing up for the holiday shopping season with a #Shop716 e-Gift card to encourage r...
11/10/2020

Erie County Business Task Force is gearing up for the holiday shopping season with a #Shop716 e-Gift card to encourage residents to #buylocal. While supplies last, you can get a bonus $25 eGift card when purchasing one for $25 or more. Learn more & sign up: Amherst.org/Shop716

#shop716challenge #dine716challenge
Press Release:https://bit.ly/3neokxk

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95 Franklin Street, Suite 1600
Buffalo, NY
14202

General information

Mark C. Poloncarz is Erie County’s eighth County Executive. He is a graduate of Lackawanna Senior High School, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Toledo’s College of Law. Before being elected as County Executive, Poloncarz served as Erie County Comptroller for six years. Since being sworn in as County Executive on January 1, 2012, Poloncarz has worked to change the culture of Erie County government and return it to its core mission: providing the programs and services that residents and taxpayers demand in an efficient and effective way. Mark Poloncarz has led the way to balanced county budgets in each year he’s been in office and has cut county taxes to levels not seen since the mid- 90’s. As a result Erie’s county tax rate is now among the lowest in New York State. At the same time, Erie County’s credit rating has risen significantly under his watch while the county has continued to invest millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, county parks, libraries, and arts organizations; made advances in public health; and supported innovative programs to reduce poverty, among many other achievements. Mark also led the Erie County team in securing a new ten-year lease with the Buffalo Bills during his first year as County Executive. Mark’s Initiatives for a Smart Economy, released in June 2013, and his Initiatives 2.0 version released in June 2017 provide evolving blueprints for comprehensive, innovative economic development across Erie County, with county departments acting either as the lead agency or working with community partners to effect change. Together the two plans encompass over 130 target areas for economic development, with the first Initiatives mostly complete and the second well underway. Mark’s leadership has brought new life to the long-dormant Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, has reinforced pay equity between genders as the rule in Erie County, and has created new protections for seniors and veterans. As County Executive, Mark has been at the forefront of protecting and enhancing our unique natural assets and has steadily expanded the amount of acres in our county Parks system, along with working to create a cleaner Lake Erie through improvements in wastewater treatment and the passage of a law banning microbead-containing products in the county. Poloncarz has led the way in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic in Erie County and nationally as a member of the County and City National Opioid Epidemic Task Force.

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Welcome to the Official Government page for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. This purpose of this page is to keep you up-to-date on my efforts as your county executive, as well as to serve as a medium to foster discussion about important County issues. As this is the official governmental information page for Mark Poloncarz, I request that all discussion and content is to be limited to Erie County issues and all comments are subject to moderation and deletion. When you post a comment on this site you agree to the terms of moderation and deletion of your comment. Unfortunately, this format does not give me the opportunity to respond to individual comments or questions. If you are in need of assistance or would like more information, please call my office at 716-858-8500 or visit us on the web at http://www2.erie.gov/exec/.