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Chris Collins folks just don’t forget it’s time for a change

September 30, 2011

It’s hard for Erie County Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz to compete with incumbent County Executive Chris Collins fundraising feats.

And  Buffalo News political columnist Robert J. McCarthy reported he loaned himself  $800,000 of his own money pegged at $1.3 million.

But  the $100,000 Collins raised  just at a luncheon at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society  on Tuesday  says  Poloncarz might have a challenging time matching what Collins easily brings in.

And it helps to have friends like businessman Anthony H. Gioia in North Buffalo who hosted a swanky reception  with wealthy donors for Collins for the élite of Buffalo to hobnob with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

They say Poloncarz raised $80,000 at the fundraiser the  congressional members from the up-state area contributed to his campaign earlier, as well as, had about $105,000 in July.

But there is still a chance for Poloncarz because Collins has not endeared himself to many constituents in the county who think it’s time for a change.  So many still wonder why he didn’t use the federal stimulus money to create jobs in Erie County with fewer jobs than in 2008 when Collins coasted through the elections instead of using it as he had to pay past debts.

There is just too many things piling up on his plate from his resistance to funding the arts to failing to create jobs for the local economy still suffering from the economic recession. As the saying goes, “this too shall pass.”




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