Buffalo, NY – Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced his support and endorsement of Democratic candidate Patrick Burke (D- South Buffalo) to represent the 142nd Assembly district in New York. County Executive Poloncarz noted Burke’s leadership and ability to work across the aisle in the Erie County Legislature as chief among the reasons behind his endorsement.
“Pat Burke has been a leading voice in the Erie County Legislature, working to protect our residents and build a better Erie County,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Pat brings people into discussions and builds consensus, showing that government works best when all have a voice. He has served the people of the 7th Legislative District well and I know he will bring the same commitment to the 142nd Assembly district.”
Poloncarz also cited Burke’s work on the county’s microbead ban, an initiative which passed the legislature unanimously and became a model for national action, and his unwavering support of local labor and business as further reasons to support the endorsed Democrat in the Assembly contest.
Poloncarz added, “Pat has been an ardent advocate for environmental protections and protection of green space at the county level and will bring that focus to the state level, working with our local delegation to secure funding for infrastructure projects to ensure that families have access to clean water for generations. His support for local business, local labor and middle-class families is just as strong and evident in measures like his ‘Invest in Erie’ bill to promote local business. I support Pat Burke for Assembly because he cares about his community and works hard for them.”
Burke is running in a Special Election for New York State Assembly on Tuesday, April 24.