Draft:Mark Poloncarz

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Mark Poloncarz
8th Executive of Erie County
Assumed office
Preceded byChris Collins
Comptroller of Erie County
In office
Preceded byJames Hartmann
Succeeded byDavid Shenk
Personal details
Born (1967-11-07) November 7, 1967 (age 52)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBuffalo, New York
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
University of Toledo
WebsiteOfficial website

Mark C. Poloncarz (born November 7, 1967) is an American lawyer and politician. He currently serves as the County Executive of Erie County, New York, and is a member of the Democratic Party. Poloncarz previously served as Erie County Comptroller, and defeated incumbent County Executive Chris Collins in 2011.[1]

Erie County Executive and Comptroller[edit]


In 2018, Poloncarz was named Vice-Chair of the National Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus. Also in 2018, Poloncarz was named Chairman of the New York State Association of Counties Climate Resiliency Committee.

In direct response to President Donald Trump's order withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, on June 2, 2017 Poloncarz issued his seventeenth Executive Order in response to the federal decision, directing county departments to prepare a report to implement a plan of action for Erie County, New York to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement by 2025. On January 25, 2018, Poloncarz released the results of the Report prepared by Erie County departments showing that compared to the baseline year of 2005, Erie County as a government had already reduced its greenhouse gas emission usage by 26% in 2014, thereby meaning Erie County has met the goal of a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions usage as required by the Paris Agreement.

Also in 2017, Poloncarz released "Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0," his administration’s most recent economic development plan to stimulate new growth, while at the same time promote inclusivity in economic development. The plan shares the goal of its predecessor - strengthening the local economy and promotion of job growth - and included 71 initiatives.

In 2017, Poloncarz was named to the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities Joint Opioid Epidemic Task Force, the only member from New York State to be so named.

Erie County Comptroller: 2006-2011[edit]

At the time Poloncarz ran for county executive in 2011 he was the elected county comptroller in Erie County. Poloncarz was first elected comptroller in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009 in a three-person race by defeating Republican Phil Kadet and Independence Party candidate Michael Abramo by a 52 - 45 - 3 percentage point margin, respectively. Prior to being elected comptroller Poloncarz was a business and finance lawyer residing in Buffalo, New York.

Education and affiliations[edit]

Poloncarz has a bachelor's degree (1989) from the University at Buffalo and a law degree (1997) from the University of Toledo.

Poloncarz was the 2003 - 2004 Buffalo and western New York coordinator and spokesman for the John Kerry presidential campaign. He was an at large district delegate for John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and to Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and 2016 Democratic National Convention. Poloncarz was the founder and first president of the WNY Coalition for Progress, a progressive think tank in upstate New York now known as the Western New York Democrats for Progress.


  1. ^ Kaplan, Thomas (2011-11-09). "In Pivotal Victory, Steve Bellone, a Democrat, is Elected Suffolk County Executive". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-16.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Hartmann
County Comptroller of Erie County, New York
2006 –2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chris Collins
Erie County, New York County Executive

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