Mark Poloncarz

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Great News: the Toronto Blue Jays have announced they will continue to play their home games in Buffalo through at least...
06/07/2021

Great News: the Toronto Blue Jays have announced they will continue to play their home games in Buffalo through at least July 21 and have agreed to increase the seating capacity to 80%!

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and NYSDOH - New York State Health Department worked with them to safely increase capacity by turning the lower bowl into a fully vaccinated only level, except for a few ADA accessible seats. The upper deck will be physically distanced for the unvaccinated.

This means each game can now have approximately 13,000 attendees, and we can see games against the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. Of course, the NY Yankees will be in town from June 15-17, but those games are sold out already.

It's going to be a great summer at the ballpark. Get out and support your #BuffaloBlueJays this year!

Learn more at https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/tickets/single-game-tickets

Great News: the Toronto Blue Jays have announced they will continue to play their home games in Buffalo through at least July 21 and have agreed to increase the seating capacity to 80%!

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and NYSDOH - New York State Health Department worked with them to safely increase capacity by turning the lower bowl into a fully vaccinated only level, except for a few ADA accessible seats. The upper deck will be physically distanced for the unvaccinated.

This means each game can now have approximately 13,000 attendees, and we can see games against the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. Of course, the NY Yankees will be in town from June 15-17, but those games are sold out already.

It's going to be a great summer at the ballpark. Get out and support your #BuffaloBlueJays this year!

Learn more at https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/tickets/single-game-tickets

Erie County Senior Services Congregate Dining Program is re-opening! To learn more about sites that are currently open, ...
06/07/2021

Erie County Senior Services Congregate Dining Program is re-opening! To learn more about sites that are currently open, call (716) 858-7639 or visit: http://ow.ly/iPcz50F1l5S

Erie County Senior Services Congregate Dining Program is re-opening! To learn more about sites that are currently open, call (716) 858-7639 or visit: http://ow.ly/iPcz50F1l5S

Erie County is offering 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic sites today: in Buffalo at the Key Bank Center from 10am-6pm and at th...
06/07/2021

Erie County is offering 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic sites today: in Buffalo at the Key Bank Center from 10am-6pm and at the Town Halls in Boston and North Collins from 3-7pm. You can pick your time by pre-registering now for any site below or just walk-in. https://t.co/Xuva7zlq9w

Erie County is offering 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic sites today: in Buffalo at the Key Bank Center from 10am-6pm and at the Town Halls in Boston and North Collins from 3-7pm. You can pick your time by pre-registering now for any site below or just walk-in. https://t.co/Xuva7zlq9w

"Pints in the Park" Pop-Up Beer Garden series is back — starting today from 2 - 6PM at Sprague Brook Park!Resurgence Bre...
06/05/2021

"Pints in the Park" Pop-Up Beer Garden series is back — starting today from 2 - 6PM at Sprague Brook Park!

Resurgence Brewing Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company, & 42 North Brewing Company will be setting up across the Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry System throughout the Summer & Fall!

Stay tuned for more on upcoming events!

"Pints in the Park" Pop-Up Beer Garden series is back — starting today from 2 - 6PM at Sprague Brook Park!

Resurgence Brewing Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company, & 42 North Brewing Company will be setting up across the Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry System throughout the Summer & Fall!

Stay tuned for more on upcoming events!

Thank you to the Buffalo News for acknowledging the good work, honesty to the people, and decision-making made by my adm...
06/05/2021
The Editorial Board: As Erie County relaxes oversight, all governments must review their response

Thank you to the Buffalo News for acknowledging the good work, honesty to the people, and decision-making made by my administration in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic by noting in the below editorial, "In Erie County, where infection rates were frequently among the state’s highest, Poloncarz used his authority well and likely helped keep the crisis from becoming much worse. But another county executive might not be as adept or honest. What then?"

It’s time.

Here's a glimpse at Erie County Department of Public Works projects happening across #ErieCounty today. For everyone's s...
06/04/2021

Here's a glimpse at Erie County Department of Public Works projects happening across #ErieCounty today. For everyone's safety, please slow down, use caution, and obey flaggers in and around work zones.

Happy Friday! Here are some of the projects that are #InTheWorks with our Highway Division today. Use caution and reduce your speed when approaching work areas to keep both yourself and workers safe! #DPWworks #WatchForFlaggers #Slowdownmoveover

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Buffalo Police Officer Jonathan Negron, as well as his family and the BPD famil...
06/04/2021
Buffalo police officer critically injured by falling light pole during pursuit

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Buffalo Police Officer Jonathan Negron, as well as his family and the BPD family, who was critically injured in an accident during a vehicular pursuit yesterday.
https://buffalonews.com/news/local/buffalo-police-officer-critically-injured-by-falling-light-pole-during-pursuit/article_761f5c52-c4a5-11eb-b11b-b7232a048118.amp.html

Officer Jonathan Negron was driven by a fellow police officer to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with a head injury.

06/04/2021
Support Local Farmers with the #ErieGrown Passport

With the #ErieGrown Passport, you can help support local farmers and win prizes! It's easy — just note each time you visit a farm or farm-related business listed on the #ErieGrown website (erie.gov/eriegrown).

Watch the video to learn more & get your passport at: erie.gov/eriegrownpassport

06/03/2021

My thoughts are with the Buffalo Police Officer who was critically injured in a car accident while responding to a call earlier today, as well as the entire department.

06/03/2021
Pride Month Flag Raising Ceremony!

Happy #Pride Erie County! I was honored to join friends, colleagues and community leaders to mark the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month in Erie County, NY and reaffirm our community as a welcoming one that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This w...
06/03/2021

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This week's schedule:

• TOMORROW, Thursday, June 3: Hamburg High School and Tonawanda Middle/High School;
• Friday, June 4: ECDOH Jesse Nash Health Center and West Seneca East Senior High School;
• Saturday, June 5: West Hertel Academy

To register your child (parental consent required for anyone under 18) for any of these clinics or for details, go to: erie.gov/vax

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This week's schedule:

• TOMORROW, Thursday, June 3: Hamburg High School and Tonawanda Middle/High School;
• Friday, June 4: ECDOH Jesse Nash Health Center and West Seneca East Senior High School;
• Saturday, June 5: West Hertel Academy

To register your child (parental consent required for anyone under 18) for any of these clinics or for details, go to: erie.gov/vax

June is #Pride Month and today I was honored to join many friends in government and community partners to raise the Prid...
06/02/2021

June is #Pride Month and today I was honored to join many friends in government and community partners to raise the Pride-Trans Progress Flag over Niagara Square in Buffalo. Our community is a strong one and celebrates its diversity. On behalf of Erie County, NY, Happy Pride to all!

#PrideMonth2021

This Saturday, June 6, learn about our county's past, including the Burning of Buffalo during the War of 1812, at "A Wal...
06/02/2021

This Saturday, June 6, learn about our county's past, including the Burning of Buffalo during the War of 1812, at "A Walk Through History" at the Hull House in Lancaster. Another EC200 - Erie County Bicentennial Event as we celebrate
Erie County, NY's Bicentennial.

Learn more and reserve your spot:

https://visitbuffaloniagara.com/event/a-walk-through-history/

#EC200

This Saturday, June 6, learn about our county's past, including the Burning of Buffalo during the War of 1812, at "A Walk Through History" at the Hull House in Lancaster. Another EC200 - Erie County Bicentennial Event as we celebrate
Erie County, NY's Bicentennial.

Learn more and reserve your spot:

https://visitbuffaloniagara.com/event/a-walk-through-history/

#EC200

Applications are NOW being accepted for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Priority will be given during the first...
06/02/2021

Applications are NOW being accepted for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Priority will be given during the first 30 days to low-income applicants. There is $35 million available to Erie County residents!

Find the application online at: https://t.co/TKYBjv0eHX

Applications are NOW being accepted for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Priority will be given during the first 30 days to low-income applicants. There is $35 million available to Erie County residents!

Find the application online at: https://t.co/TKYBjv0eHX

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This w...
06/01/2021

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This week's schedule:

• Thursday, June 3: Hamburg High School , Tonawanda Middle/High School;
• Friday, June 4: ECDOH Jesse Nash Health Center, West Seneca East Senior High School;
• Saturday, June 5: West Hertel Academy

To register & for details, go to: erie.gov/vax

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is holding special COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students ages 12–18. This week's schedule:

• Thursday, June 3: Hamburg High School , Tonawanda Middle/High School;
• Friday, June 4: ECDOH Jesse Nash Health Center, West Seneca East Senior High School;
• Saturday, June 5: West Hertel Academy

To register & for details, go to: erie.gov/vax

Erie County is committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We've already reduced our emissions by 30% since 2005...
06/01/2021

Erie County is committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We've already reduced our emissions by 30% since 2005, and we will reduce it by 50% by 2025.

We've proven you can meet the #ParisAgreement goals. Learn how we did it and how YOU can help: https://www3.erie.gov/climateaction/

Erie County is committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We've already reduced our emissions by 30% since 2005, and we will reduce it by 50% by 2025.

We've proven you can meet the #ParisAgreement goals. Learn how we did it and how YOU can help: https://www3.erie.gov/climateaction/

Early voting for the June 22 primary begins on June 12 and runs through June 20. See early voting polling locations at: ...
06/01/2021

Early voting for the June 22 primary begins on June 12 and runs through June 20.

See early voting polling locations at:https://elections.erie.gov/pdfs/EARLYVOTING%202021.pdf

Have questions or need other info? Call the Erie County Board of Elections at (716) 858-8891 or go to: http://elections.erie.gov

Early voting for the June 22 primary begins on June 12 and runs through June 20.

See early voting polling locations at:https://elections.erie.gov/pdfs/EARLYVOTING%202021.pdf

Have questions or need other info? Call the Erie County Board of Elections at (716) 858-8891 or go to: http://elections.erie.gov

Major League Baseball returns tonight in Buffalo when the BLUEJAYS take on the Marlins at Sahlen Field! Welcome back to ...
06/01/2021

Major League Baseball returns tonight in Buffalo when the BLUEJAYS take on the Marlins at Sahlen Field!

Welcome back to Buffalo the BlueJays and it will be great to have fans in attendance.

If you are going to tonight's game or future ones make sure you know the rules:

Major League Baseball returns tonight in Buffalo when the BLUEJAYS take on the Marlins at Sahlen Field!

Welcome back to Buffalo the BlueJays and it will be great to have fans in attendance.

If you are going to tonight's game or future ones make sure you know the rules:

TOMORROW, June 1st: the second of four FREE virtual discussion groups: "Women's Suffrage Revisited: An Analysis of Race,...
05/31/2021

TOMORROW, June 1st: the second of four FREE virtual discussion groups: "Women's Suffrage Revisited: An Analysis of Race, Class, & Gender." Featuring presentations by authors that shed light on the history of the movement.

Details and registration: https://t.co/akXA6D5XQE

TOMORROW, June 1st: the second of four FREE virtual discussion groups: "Women's Suffrage Revisited: An Analysis of Race, Class, & Gender." Featuring presentations by authors that shed light on the history of the movement.

Details and registration: https://t.co/akXA6D5XQE

Thank you to all who came out to today's Memorial Day Ceremonies in West Seneca and Lackawanna. Both ceremonies were a r...
05/31/2021

Thank you to all who came out to today's Memorial Day Ceremonies in West Seneca and Lackawanna. Both ceremonies were a reminder of the selfless sacrifice made by so many in service to our country.

Thank you to the Erie County Division of the American Legion for today's #MemorialDay Ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery. ...
05/31/2021

Thank you to the Erie County Division of the American Legion for today's #MemorialDay Ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery. We must always remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation; so thank you to all who came out this morning to honor our fallen heroes.

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatu...
05/31/2021

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatus, this morning at 9 am we will do so again at the American Legion's Forest Lawn Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony. Please join us:
https://t.co/ymShG4hB7z

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatus, this morning at 9 am we will do so again at the American Legion's Forest Lawn Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony. Please join us:
https://t.co/ymShG4hB7z

2021 is a special year for Erie County, NY because it's our Bicentennial. As part of the celebration, we prepared the Er...
05/30/2021
ERIE COUNTY HERITAGE PASSPORTS PROVIDE HAND-HELD GUIDE TO COUNTY HISTORY | Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz

2021 is a special year for Erie County, NY because it's our Bicentennial. As part of the celebration, we prepared the Erie County Heritage Passport, a guide to historical sites. Learn more about our county's rich history and get your Passport today at a local library!

https://t.co/G5rvaFreVE

National Association of Counties (“NACo”) recognizes Erie Grown as Best in Category for Community and Economic Development

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatu...
05/30/2021

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatus, tomorrow at 9 am we will do so again at the American Legion's Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo NY Memorial Day Ceremony. Please join us:
https://www.forest-lawn.com/events/2021/05/31/memorial-day-ceremony

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After a year's hiatus, tomorrow at 9 am we will do so again at the American Legion's Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo NY Memorial Day Ceremony. Please join us:
https://www.forest-lawn.com/events/2021/05/31/memorial-day-ceremony

Visit Buffalo Niagara wants to hear from you! Take their survey, part of VBN's Covid-19 recovery strategy and ten-year d...
05/29/2021

Visit Buffalo Niagara wants to hear from you! Take their survey, part of VBN's Covid-19 recovery strategy and ten-year destination master plan.

Survey▶ visitbuffaloniagara.com/have-your-say-win-a-stay

Visit Buffalo Niagara wants to hear from you! Take their survey, part of VBN's Covid-19 recovery strategy and ten-year destination master plan.

Survey▶ visitbuffaloniagara.com/have-your-say-win-a-stay

Please share: Using assistance received from the federal government, $35 million is available to help Erie County renter...
05/28/2021

Please share: Using assistance received from the federal government, $35 million is available to help Erie County renters and landlords who suffered during the Pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, being administered by NYS, opens Tuesday, June 1st at 9 AM. For more information click here: https://t.co/k0pxi3VEfq

Please share: Using assistance received from the federal government, $35 million is available to help Erie County renters and landlords who suffered during the Pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, being administered by NYS, opens Tuesday, June 1st at 9 AM. For more information click here: https://t.co/k0pxi3VEfq

Sign-up today to participate in the 2021 Erie County Amateur Championship!This year's event will be held July 10-11 at G...
05/28/2021

Sign-up today to participate in the 2021 Erie County Amateur Championship!
This year's event will be held July 10-11 at Grover Cleveland Golf Course.
Follow the link below to register!
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2913380

Sign-up today to participate in the 2021 Erie County Amateur Championship!
This year's event will be held July 10-11 at Grover Cleveland Golf Course.
Follow the link below to register!
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2913380

Before you go out this weekend, make sure you have a plan to get home safely; don't drink and drive. Erie County, NY and...
05/28/2021

Before you go out this weekend, make sure you have a plan to get home safely; don't drink and drive. Erie County, NY and State police agencies will conduct more than 150 hours of DWI roving patrols over Memorial Day Weekend 2021.

RELEASE: https://www2.erie.gov/exec/index.php?q=press/dwi-roving-patrols-will-be-out-memorial-day-weekend

Before you go out this weekend, make sure you have a plan to get home safely; don't drink and drive. Erie County, NY and State police agencies will conduct more than 150 hours of DWI roving patrols over Memorial Day Weekend 2021.

RELEASE: https://www2.erie.gov/exec/index.php?q=press/dwi-roving-patrols-will-be-out-memorial-day-weekend

I was out at Chestnut Ridge Park yesterday checking on park conditions and was glad to see most of the American Chestnut...
05/28/2021

I was out at Chestnut Ridge Park yesterday checking on park conditions and was glad to see most of the American Chestnut Trees Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry planted are doing well. Also, great job by the Parks team rebuilding the old stone walls for 2 culverts on the west end of the park.

The park is in great shape and I hope all who head out to our parks this holiday weekend have a great time, at least when the rain stops.

Best wishes to Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Commissioner Tom Hersey who, after 35 years of service...
05/28/2021

Best wishes to Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Commissioner Tom Hersey who, after 35 years of service to Erie County, NY, is retiring. Thank you for your decades of service to the people of Erie County.

Best wishes to Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Commissioner Tom Hersey who, after 35 years of service to Erie County, NY, is retiring. Thank you for your decades of service to the people of Erie County.

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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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