Mark Poloncarz

Mark Poloncarz This is the non-political page for Mark Poloncarz. It is not the official Erie County page. The Administrator reserves the right to remove all comments and when you post a comment you agree all of your comments are subject to moderation and deletion.

Operating as usual

02/28/2021
New York | Covid-19 Vaccine

Starting in March, a temporary COVID-19 vaccination site will be located at the Delavan-Grider Center in Buffalo. If you are eligible for a vaccine you can schedule an appointment no matter where you live starting this Wednesday, March 3 at 8 am. Register for a vaccine appointment here: https://t.co/P5Vuv3gvLG

For the last post in our #BlackHistoryMonth series, we're recognizing the life and legacy of Cora P. Maloney, who made h...
02/28/2021

For the last post in our #BlackHistoryMonth series, we're recognizing the life and legacy of Cora P. Maloney, who made history as Buffalo's first African American Councilwoman. Maloney was a lifelong community leader, active in a variety of groups dedicated to empowering the underserved.

Learn more about Cora P. Maloney here: https://uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/cora-1

All allegations of workplace sexual harassment must be taken seriously. The multiple allegations made against the govern...
02/28/2021
Cuomo Is Accused of Sexual Harassment by a 2nd Former Aide

All allegations of workplace sexual harassment must be taken seriously. The multiple allegations made against the governor would be unacceptable for a superior to make in any workplace. A truly independent investigation of the allegations must commence immediately.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/27/nyregion/cuomo-charlotte-bennett-sexual-harassment.html

The woman, 25, said that when they were alone in his office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked if she “had ever been with an older man.”

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we recognize King Peterson, a trailblazing politician who served on the Erie County Board ...
02/27/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we recognize King Peterson, a trailblazing politician who served on the Erie County Board of Supervisors & the Buffalo Common Council. Among other issues, Peterson stood against police discrimination & championed the labor movement, one time serving as an International Representative of the UAW International Union.

Learn more: https://www.uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/king-1

02/27/2021

Earlier tonight the Erie County Department of Health issued a release regarding a new guidance for sports teams. The guidance was supposed to be for teams TRAVELING to Erie County for TOURNAMENTS (example: a team from Westchester County coming to Erie for a state tourney). Unfortunately that line was deleted in the version posted. Please disregard what Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) posted earlier. The correct version will be posted tomorrow.

02/27/2021

Great News! NYS informed Erie County starting next week we can begin to vaccinate the 65+ age category! We will receive a dedicated allocation of vaccine per week from NYS for this age group. We will announce registration information and dates of clinics once we know how many doses we will get from NYS.

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - C...
02/26/2021

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library, and members of the WNY Women's Action Coalition have coordinated a variety of great events & activities to celebrate the vital role of women in American history. Don't miss out! See graphic for details ⬇️

Starting March 3, NYS and FEMA will open a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Delavan-Grider Community Center in Buffalo to ...
02/26/2021
New York | Covid-19 Vaccine

Starting March 3, NYS and FEMA will open a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Delavan-Grider Community Center in Buffalo to offer vaccines to residents of zip codes that have have been underserved. As of the time of this posting, there are still appointments available in March at this site.

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine now (1A or 1B category) and live in any of these zip codes (14201, 14204, 14208, 14209, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215 and 14222), you may sign up for an appointment. See if you are eligible here:

https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we honor Al-Nisa Banks: owner, editor, and publisher of  ChallengerNews, one of the larges...
02/26/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we honor Al-Nisa Banks: owner, editor, and publisher of ChallengerNews, one of the largest African American newspapers in New York State and tireless advocate for the African American community of Buffalo.
Learn more about Al-Nisa Banks and why we're honoring her as part of our #BlackHistoryMonth series: https://uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/al-nisa

Starting March 3, NYS and FEMA will open a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Delevan-Grider Community Center in Buffalo. If...
02/26/2021
After the first week, plenty of shots available at Delavan-Grider vaccine clinic

Starting March 3, NYS and FEMA will open a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Delevan-Grider Community Center in Buffalo. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine now (1A or 1B category) and live in any of these zip codes (14201, 14204, 14208, 14209, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215 and 14222), you may sign up for an appointment. Learn how:

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/after-the-first-week-plenty-of-shots-available-at-delavan-grider-vaccine-clinic/article_608bff52-778a-11eb-89f7-3fbbddc317dc.html

The first eight days of appointments for the clinic at the Delavan-Grider Community Center are booked solid, but after that there's lots of room.

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we highlight Malcom X, whose rhetoric laid the intellectual foundations for the Black Powe...
02/25/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we highlight Malcom X, whose rhetoric laid the intellectual foundations for the Black Power movement. While known for challenging the non-violent principles of the Civil Rights movement, Malcolm X underwent an radical ideological shift later in life — learn more about Malcolm X here: https://bit.ly/3kvWOen

Important information for the southtowns of Erie County: the Erie County Water Authority has announced the break of a ma...
02/25/2021

Important information for the southtowns of Erie County: the Erie County Water Authority has announced the break of a major transmission line near its Sturgeon Point treatment plant. Loss of water is probable for many. Follow the Water Authority below for more information throughout the day.

ECWA Alert: ECWA experienced a significant break to a 48-inch transmission main near its Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant in Evans this morning. Crews are on site and working to repair the break, however, customers in the areas mentioned below should be advised that they may experience service disruptions. We will provide further updates as new information becomes available.

For today's #BlackHistoryMonth post, we're honoring community activist and leader: Bill Gaiter. As President of B.U.I.L....
02/24/2021

For today's #BlackHistoryMonth post, we're honoring community activist and leader: Bill Gaiter. As President of B.U.I.L.D, a local collective of religious & community groups, Gaiter organized demonstrations, boycotts & lawsuits calling for civil rights. He later helped launch Buffalo’s iconic #Juneteenth Festival.

Learn more about Bill Gaiter's life and legacy here: https://www.uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/william-1

Erie County has seen a sharp increase in #opioid related overdose deaths in 2020 after a steady three-year decline. Thes...
02/24/2021

Erie County has seen a sharp increase in #opioid related overdose deaths in 2020 after a steady three-year decline. These deaths are occurring in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and impacting people of all ages, races and ethnicities. In an upward trend, 43% of opioid-related deaths in Erie County have also involved cocaine. Many cocaine users may not realize that fentanyl has been mixed into their cocaine.

We want everyone to be safe, please call the Erie County Addiction Hotline at 716-831-7007 or visit https://www2.erie.gov/addictionhotline for help. Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is also working to make #Narcan widely available and easily accessible. Text your (confidential) request for #Narcan to 716-225-5473 and ECDOH will respond.

For more information: watch this afternoon's press briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTg-LYs14wA&t=4s

On behalf of Erie County, I would like to thank Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc. for the Community Part...
02/24/2021

On behalf of Erie County, I would like to thank Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc. for the Community Partners Award and for your great work providing ASL interpretation to our community. With your help Erie County, NY will continue to provide accessible updates on issues important to our residents.

Great post from Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry about the differences between some of the residents of our park...
02/24/2021

Great post from Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry about the differences between some of the residents of our parks: Salamanders!

Part 1:
It’s almost spring & you know what that means: Salamanders! So to appreciate these small denizens of the forest let’s take a look at what species of salamander we’ve come across in our parks and how you can identify common salamanders you might see.
.
The first species is one you are most likely to find because of it’s bold orange color and bolder attitude, the Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens). Unafraid of passing predators with its bright color warning everyone about of their distasteful tetrodotoxins. If you see these newts on land you are likely encountering them as efts, their juvenile phase.
.
Did you know the earliest active salamander, Jefferson Salamanders (Ambystoma jeffersonianum), start to be seen walking across snow in WNY at the end of February! They are a light grey color with few or many light blue dots on their side. Like other mole salamanders (Ambystoma sp.) they spend most of their time underground but in the early spring they can be seen migrating to vernal pools. These temporary, fish-less pools are perfect places for them to lay their eggs.
.
Next up is the Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale). This species often hybridizes with the Jefferson Salamander so it is usually hard to tell the difference species between the two and the hybrids in the wild. In some cases only a genetic test can tell!
.
The next salamander in the 4th pic, is the Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) which can often be confused for the Blue-spotted Salamander. There are a couple of good ways to tell the difference. First, is that Slimy Salamanders have 3 toes in the front & 4 in the back. Blue-spotteds have 4 toes in the front & 5 in the back. Also, the spots on the Blue-spotted are a more vivid blue than the silvery-blue spots of the Slimy.
.
The last picture shows a Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). These are probably the most commonly found mole salamander in our parks. Nearly every vernal pool in our parks will be filled with Spotted Salamander eggs in the spring.
.
#salamander #youreriecountyparks #findyourownadventure #10000acrestoexplore #newt #ecology #nature #outdoors #optoutside

02/24/2021

Erie County and ECMC are hiring! Civil Service tests will be administered in April for Account Clerks, Account Clerk Typists and MRI technologists. However, you must sign up for the test soon.

Click here for more information and to apply: https://www2.erie.gov/employment/index.php?q=applications-due

02/23/2021

It was announced today that 2 cases of the British variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County residents. While this is not a surprise, it just proves we must remain vigilant and #WearAMask when you are not home and #PracticeSocialDistancing when necessary.

Today, the Erie County, NY's Police Reform Citizen Task Force presented its draft report for public review and comments....
02/23/2021

Today, the Erie County, NY's Police Reform Citizen Task Force presented its draft report for public review and comments. It is a comprehensive report that recommends dozens of actions for the Erie County Sheriff's Office's Police Division.

Review the report and offer comment by March 1 here:
https://www3.erie.gov/policereform

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we honor Marcus Garvey. A pioneer of Pan-Africanism and influential Black nationalist, Gar...
02/23/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth, today we honor Marcus Garvey. A pioneer of Pan-Africanism and influential Black nationalist, Garvey launched a variety of enterprises to support Black prosperity, including a fleet of steamships in 1919 to connect Black-owned businesses in Africa & America.

Learn more about the legacy of Marcus Garvey here: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/marcus-garvey

Sadly, I have to report another 10 Erie County residents have died from COVID-19. Total deaths as of February 18, 2021 a...
02/23/2021

Sadly, I have to report another 10 Erie County residents have died from COVID-19. Total deaths as of February 18, 2021 are now 1,635.

Comparing the latest report to the report issued as of February 2, 2021, another 92 county residents have died, 13 of whom were under the age of 60.

Please #WearAMask, #WashYourHands and #PracticeSocialDistancing when necessary.

500,000 of our fellow Americans have now died from COVID-19. 1,625 of them were our Erie County neighbors.While new COVI...
02/23/2021

500,000 of our fellow Americans have now died from COVID-19. 1,625 of them were our Erie County neighbors.

While new COVID-19 cases and deaths may be decreasing, let us never forget the terrible toll this Pandemic has taken and continues to take on our nation and community.

Until we can vaccinate all, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and practice safe social distancing measures. In that way, we will honor the memories of all who have passed from this terrible disease.

02/22/2021
Senior Services Medicare HEAP SNAP Video

Do you receive Medicare benefits? If so, you may also qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Watch this video from Erie County Senior Services Commissioner David Shenk about HEAP and SNAP, and call 716-858-2626 for more information

Today is #NationalWalktheDogDay! Why not celebrate with a stroll through an #ErieCountyPark — your dog will love it!🐾Lea...
02/22/2021

Today is #NationalWalktheDogDay! Why not celebrate with a stroll through an #ErieCountyPark — your dog will love it!🐾

Learn more about Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry: Erie.gov/parks

For #BlackHistoryMonth today we honor Arthur O. Eve, longest-serving member of the NYS Assembly. Eve served the Buffalo ...
02/22/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth today we honor Arthur O. Eve, longest-serving member of the NYS Assembly. Eve served the Buffalo community & all of NYS for 36 years, working to improve the lives of the underserved by focusing on education, economic development, job creation & criminal justice reform.

Food insecurity is a problem for many families in good times, and it's been made even worse by the Pandemic. FeedMore WN...
02/21/2021
Mobile Food Pantry - FeedMore WNY

Food insecurity is a problem for many families in good times, and it's been made even worse by the Pandemic. FeedMore WNY works with community partners across WNY to help those in need.

If you need help putting food in the table please check out next week's schedule for a Mobile Food Pantry in WNY near you:

https://www.feedmorewny.org/programs-services/find-food/mobile-food-pantry/

Low-income, food-insecure families often lack access to fresh, nutritious food like fruits and vegetables. Through our Mobile Food Pantry Program, we deliver fresh, perishable food items such as produce and low-fat dairy products directly to those in need throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie a...

Federal Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott was not only one of the most respected members of the local judiciary, but one of th...
02/21/2021
Western New York mourns Hugh B. Scott, its first Black federal judge

Federal Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott was not only one of the most respected members of the local judiciary, but one of the nicest as well. He will be missed by many, and I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends on his passing.

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/western-new-york-mourns-hugh-b-scott-its-first-black-federal-judge/article_24dae006-73e1-11eb-8720-b3876686c3df.html

"I try not to talk of it in those terms. But yes, there have been a number of firsts in my life, and yes, I'm proud of it," Scott told

Today’s #BlackHistoryMonth post honors W.E.B. Du Bois; a prolific scholar whose influential writings challenged myths of...
02/21/2021

Today’s #BlackHistoryMonth post honors W.E.B. Du Bois; a prolific scholar whose influential writings challenged myths of racial inferiority & highlighted African American resiliency amidst oppression. Du Bois was also a founder and leader in the Niagara Movement and the NAACP.

Learn more about W.E.B. Du Bois here: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/w-e-b-du-bois

Starting in March, a temporary COVID-19 vaccination site will be located at the Delavan-Grider Community Center in Buffa...
02/20/2021

Starting in March, a temporary COVID-19 vaccination site will be located at the Delavan-Grider Community Center in Buffalo. If you are eligible and live in any of the zip codes noted below you can seek an appointment starting Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8 am here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

02/20/2021

Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine to NY have been delayed by the extreme weather. That means shipments from NY to providers in WNY, such as the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), will be delayed, too.

We don't schedule first dose appointments until doses are in stock. We are hoping to get new doses from NY by mid-week.

When we have new doses in stock we will continue rescheduling appointments cancelled in January. We hope to finish all remaining January appointments with the next first dose shipment we receive. When those are complete we will open up new first dose appointments.

For today’s spotlight in our #BlackHistoryMonth series, we’re focusing on Alicia Garza; organizer, writer, & cofounder o...
02/20/2021

For today’s spotlight in our #BlackHistoryMonth series, we’re focusing on Alicia Garza; organizer, writer, & cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter. Garza continues to be a powerful voice against police brutality and systemic racism in what is now a global movement. #BlackFutureMonth

This portrait of Alicia Garza is part of the Albright-Knox #FreedomWall.

No one knows how their body will react to COVID-19 until they catch it. That's why we all need to do our best to avoid c...
02/20/2021
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen endured intense chest pain during bout with Covid-19

No one knows how their body will react to COVID-19 until they catch it. That's why we all need to do our best to avoid contracting it. As noted in the below story, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen had a bad case of COVID-19 and he has not fully recovered from it.

It just goes to show if one of the best conditioned athletes has a rough bout with COVID-19, we all can. Best wishes to him and all who had it for a speedy and complete recovery.

https://buffalonews.com/sports/sabres/sabres-rasmus-ristolainen-endured-intense-chest-pain-during-bout-with-covid-19/article_588cc972-72bb-11eb-b813-2fbef49ba6e9.html

In a vivid interview with the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, Ristolainen described the symptoms he experienced during a bout with Covid-19, including significant drops in oxygen levels and chest pain that

Address

Buffalo, NY

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.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Mark Poloncarz posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Mark Poloncarz:

Videos

Our Story

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/.

Nearby government services