Final televised debate in race for Erie County Executive

St. Joe's debate set for Friday morning

WBEN Newsroom
October 17, 2019 - 8:36 pm

Photo Courtesy WGRZ/Steve Brown


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - While the final debate in the race for Erie County Executive didn't uncover any new ground, it was another opportunity for the two candidates to go toe-to-toe on the major issues.  The hour-long session was televised on WGRZ and WNED and presented in partnership with WBFO and The Buffalo News.

Incumbant Democrat Mark Poloncarz and Independent challenger Lynne Dixon went back and forth on a number of issues including property taxes, the stadium, political style and roads.

For the most part, it was the same issues addressed at previous sessions, but the tone was tense as Dixon challenged Poloncarz' style of politics.  "Bullying has no place in the Erie County Executive's office and Mark Poloncarz your are a's not a kingdom", charged Dixon during the debate.  "I'm not bullying Ms. Dixon, if I were my mother is sitting in the front row and she'd be kicking my butt I guarantee you", responded Poloncarz.

In what has become an election tradition that generally produces some newsworthy exchanges, the two candidates will meet again in debate at St. Joe's Collegiate Institute before a hall filled with high school students Friday morning.

WGRZ's Steve Brown was among those asking the questions at the debate and Brown will be LIVE on WBEN Friday morning with a review of the match.

Here is the complete replay of the debate from WGRZ.

Poloncarz and Dixon each spent a full hour in-studio on WBEN this week, going in-depth on the issues in the race.  You can hear those conversations here as well as a complete replay on-air on WBEN Sunday morning from 10am to noon.


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