Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Wednesday issued a Thanksgiving Day message in the aftermath of last week’s record-breaking storm that left South Buffalo and southtowns buried under 5 to 7 feet of snow.
“This year, Thanksgiving is especially powerful following the winter storm that pounded Erie County last week, a storm that produced days of difficult circumstances for many residents, including 13 storm-related fatalities, but that also showed the character, compassion, and can-do attitude that exemplify who we are,” Poloncarz said in a 1 1/2-page prepared statement.
He said he was humbled to witness hard work and dedication of public workers at the Emergency Operations Center in Cheektowaga during the storm.
“As emergency personnel say, ‘It’s not about us, it’s about those we serve, those we serve with, and those who allow us to serve,’” the county executive added.
Poloncarz also offered his thanks to the many emergency services, law enforcement, and various public safety agencies in the county and from around the state that provided assistance to the county, as well the numerous other public works and contractor employees from across the region who labored to keep roads clear during the three-day storm.
The county executive offered a special thanks go to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his support.
“Without his support, the storm and its aftermath may well have turned out differently,” Poloncarz said.