Poloncarz inaugurated for third term

Erie County Executive ends 2019 by beginning another four-year term

Mike Baggerman
December 31, 2019 - 1:07 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz poses with family members and Justice Gerald J. Whalen after his inauguration as Erie County Executive. December 31, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz poses with family members and Justice Gerald J. Whalen after his inauguration as Erie County Executive. December 31, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was sworn in for a third term on Tuesday.

Poloncarz, a democrat who earned a third term at after his election night victory over Lynne Dixon, touted his achievements in his first eight years at the head of Erie County. He said those achievements include returning the Erie County Health Mall, tackling the opioid epidemic, pledging $750,000 to decrease the threat of lead poisoning, and the Live Well Erie program.

"When I ran for executive I said my primary focus would be rebuilding our economy," Poloncarz said. "That is exactly what we have done. If you remember, we have gone from the highest unemployment rate the county has seen in decades to the lowest. Now, we have the highest job count Erie County has had in more than 50 years."

Poloncarz said his goals in his upcoming years is to invest in day care assistance and increase the pay rate for employees. He also said he hopes to support refugees and immigrants who reside in Buffalo. Poloncarz also hopes to invest in clean energy, his rural broadband internet initiative called "ErieNet", and to negotiate a lease with the Buffalo Bills."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Attorney General Letitia James praised Poloncarz' first eight years in office during their remarks.

Poloncarz' term runs through 2023.

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