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Poloncarz flexing longer Twitter muscles

County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently posted a tweet promoting a fund raiser for Legislature Minority Leader Thomas Loughran. Not uncommon. What was uncommon was its length.

Poloncarz not only had room to mention the fund raiser, but that Loughran is being targeted by Republicans and Conservatives for his support of the Erie County Medical Center financing deal. Then he still had room to include a Facebook link.

So that led us to wonder, is Poloncarz part of that elite Twitter testing group that has been unshackled from the 140 character limit and given double the amount of characters to share his thoughts?

Yep. Makes sense since Poloncarz is one of the most – if not the most – prolific and active Twitter users among local politicians.

He boasts 12,600 Twitter followers, a good amount for someone in his position. That's the same number of followers as Congressman Chris Collins. Comparatively, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has 9,500 followers, with most of Brown's posts consisting of podium, microphone and handshake posts.

Poloncarz's verdict on the longer Twitter length: He likes it.

"It is much better," he said in a Twitter reply. "Much easier to say what you want to say, though I find myself rambling more and having to watch what I type. Uh oh, doing it again :)"

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