Republican candidate for Erie County Executive gets his message out

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The republican candidate for the seat of Erie County Executive is hitting the pavement and getting his message out with voters in Erie County.

Ray Walter is an assemblyman, and Wednesday he visited local hot spots like Olympic Restaurant in Tonawanda. He says he’s attempting to tell voters he will stay true to his message, driving down property taxes for voters by redistributing sales taxes.

Walter said he’ll work to remove an Erie County agreement from 1977.

“People are excited to hear about this fair-share tax plan and driving down property taxes which is chasing people away from Erie County,” Walter said. “Our hardworking middle class families are finding it hard to stay here because of property tax burden.”

Current Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he disagrees with Walter’s plan, saying getting rid of the 1977 agreement is impractical and can’t be modified without New York State approval. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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