Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz endorsed Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant for New York State Senate in the 63rd District. Poloncarz commended Grant’s decades of public service and community advocacy service as the new leadership that the district needs.

“I am very grateful to Mark Poloncarz for his support in this race,” Grant said. “There is much that we can do together to make Western New York a better place to live and work. When elected, I pledge to work closely with Mark Poloncarz to create jobs, boost our economy and encourage small business growth. Mark and I both believe in the Democratic values of hard work, public service and that government can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Poloncarz praised Grant’s work as Chairwoman of the Erie County Legislature, where together they restored funding for libraries and the summer youth program Operation Primetime, while also increasing the County’s investment in our aging infrastructure. Additionally, Poloncarz noted the incredible strides that have been made with Legislator Grant serving as a Director including the rebirth of the former Bethlehem Steel Site with the more than $40 million investment made by Canadian company Welded Tube.

“Betty Jean Grant has been my partner in County government for nearly a decade,” Poloncarz said. “During that time, we’ve successfully restored funding to our library system and important programs like Operation Primetime and rodent control. Additionally, we’ve invested millions of dollars in our aging infrastructure and returned steel manufacturing to the former Bethlehem Steel Site. She understands that Erie County needs to grow jobs through smart economic development that includes IDA reform and that respects the needs of workers and the environment. Betty Jean is focused on serving the residents of the 63rd District and putting their needs first, and I am glad to support her.”


Grant also received endorsements from her former colleagues in the Legislature, Timothy J. Whalen, Terrence D. McCracken and Thomas J. Mazur.


“I worked closely with her to deliver funding for programs at the Valley Community Association, Seneca Street Development and the Seneca Babcock Community Association,” said Whalen. “As a leader in the Erie County Legislature, Betty Jean Grant fights for all of us.”


“When I needed things done in Cheektowaga and Depew, Betty Jean came through,” said McCraken. “She was a strong advocate for the road projects on Como Park Blvd and Penora Street.”


Mazur noted that Grant’s support for public libraries has benefitted Cheektowaga. “In 2011 when Chris Collins slashed the budget, Betty Jean Grant led the fight to restore $3 million dollars to our libraries. Without her leadership, hours at the Reinstein Library would have been substantially cut.”


The New York State Senate’s 63rd District is comprised of the town of Cheektowaga, the city of Lackawanna and nearly all of the city of Buffalo.