BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz expanded on new ideas and tackled tough topics as he delivered his State of The County address for 2016.
Among issues with heroin, pollution and more, Poloncarz announced he will champion plans to strengthen ethics laws in the county, do away with plastic bags and help combat drugs and tobacco.
One of his most surprising pushes, to eliminate plastic bags, follows his successes with banning microbeads from products sold in the county.
“We need every day in Erie County to be Earth Day,” Poloncarz said.
He called on his friends and constituents to help him pass the new law which would prohibit the use and distribution of plastic bags at grocery stores and more.
Poloncarz also touched on the devastating problem the country has with heroin, noting at one 10-day period in 2016, 23 people died to opiate overdoses.
He’s calling on advanced laws and methods of coping with addiction and reduced prescriptions of painkillers that can lead to addiction.
Ethics and lead poisoning will also be issues he looks to tackle in the coming year. Watch the full speech above.