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Poloncarz doubles down by signing Opportunity Pledge again

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has previously signed Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Opportunity Pledge supporting diversity and equality. But with opposition being raised of late to refugees, including those from Syria, Poloncarz asked to come to City Hall and sign the pledge again. So the county executive stood shoulder to shoulder with the mayor Thursday as both talked about the importance of a diverse workforce and community.

“We need to have inclusiveness,” Poloncarz said. “Diversity is a good thing.”

“Diversity, inclusiveness and equity are the core values of the Opportunity Pledge,” Brown said.

The mayor noted that the city and county have some 6,800 people on their combined payrolls.

Poloncarz said he recently brought an Opportunity Pledge poster to County Hall and had it signed by all his department heads.

Brown added that as the city and county continue to prosper, it is important that all diverse segments of the community benefit.

Brown created his Opportunity Pledge as a way to emphasize the importance of diversity. So far, he said, 5,200 individuals as well as 210 organizations representing more than 70,000 people have signed the pledge.