County Executive Race Friday

27 Oct

Mark Galvin is what you might call a hack’s hack. A former Erie County Parks employee in charge of administering Derby Beach under Joel Giambra. Was very active in the Keane campaign in 2007. When that failed, he was ousted from county government, but landed a cush job at the BOE as a “thank you” for his work in county government and for Keane.  He is now suspected of allegedly sending absentee ballots that were pre-marked for Chris Collins to several individuals in Lackawanna.

A motive? Unknown.  What we do know is that Galvin has no ties whatsoever to the Poloncarz campaign. A review of his contributions via the Board of Elections shows contributions made almost exclusively to the party committee and to Jim Keane.  Apart from that, $25 to Michele Iannello in 2009, and $250 to Sam Hoyt in 2010.  He gave $500 to Brian Higgins in 2008. He lived in Derby until an apartment opened up in Marine Towers, which is notorious for being the housing project of choice for the politically connected.

Here’s other stuff we know:

1. The first information that leaked about a possible suspect involved a Democrat from Lackawanna. Obviously, if that was true, it would be easy for the Mychajliw/Collins crew to draw some connection with Lackawanna native Poloncarz.  As it turns out, the BOE employee from Lackawanna didn’t do it. Interestingly, several sources are telling me that Galvin, the suspect, is a long-time source for web outlets associated with Collins campaign; sites that loudly touted the supposed Lackawanna connection, allegedly fed to them by Galvin himself to redirect the heat.

2. The Sheriff’s office has made it quite clear that neither campaign had anything to do with this attempted fraud by an alleged habitual leaker of information.

While law enforcement takes care of the scummier, stupider underbelly of local politics, on to other issues relating to this race:

Telephone Harassment

Who is routing calls through numbers beginning with (716) 250-xxxx in an effort to embarrass the Poloncarz campaign? Hundreds of people have complained of getting multiple harassing calls per day asking them to vote for Poloncarz. The Poloncarz campaign had this to say:

We’ve gotten some reports of harassing calls coming from someone claiming to be associated with my campaign. They are not. If you get one of these calls please take the phone number down, the date and time of calls (including if you get many in one day) and contact the campaign at or 896-2680.

The calls are being routed through a service called ““. They aren’t coming from Poloncarz. I wonder who would do such a thing? Harass identified Poloncarz voters? 

Collins Snubs Voters 7 Times

From a Poloncarz press release: In the worst spirit of the season, Chris Collins once again pulled a nasty trick on voters by failing to show up for yet another candidates forum in Hamburg last night, the seventh time he has disrespected voters across Erie County. Scheduled throughout the season and the county by various groups interested in learning more about both candidates and their platforms, each forum provides an opportunity for open dialogue between residents and candidates.

“If Chris Collins thinks he can stay in hiding and win this election, he’s sorely mistaken,” said Peter Anderson, spokesman for the Poloncarz campaign. “He spends his time hiding behind misleading commercials and blowing off residents who deserve to know what he stands for. These people care. They showed up. Why didn’t Chris Collins?”

To date, Mark Poloncarz has participated in seven candidate forums, talking with concerned voters from Buffalo and Eggertsville to East Aurora and Hamburg. Collins, meanwhile, has avoided any public appearances after his disastrous debate performances, and his stony silence regarding the real issues is eroding confidence.

“After missing seven scheduled opportunities to interact with voters, it’s painfully obvious that Chris Collins doesn’t care what voters have to say, or what their concerns are,” Anderson continued. “He’s totally out of touch with Erie County. He doesn’t deserve the support of county residents if he doesn’t care enough to show up at these important forums and discuss the issues directly with his bosses – the people of Erie County.”

Recent Candidate Forums Held in Erie County Not Attended by Chris Collins

  •  Tuesday, October 11 – Eggertsville Candidate’s Night – St. Paul’s Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville
  • Friday, October 14 – Southeast Works Candidate Forum, Depew
  • Tuesday, October 18 – St. John the Baptist Holy Name Society “Candidate Nite” – 1085 Englewood Ave., Tonawanda
  • Wednesday, October 19 – Candidate Forum, WNY Independent Living – 3108 Main St., Buffalo
  • Monday, October 24 – Clarence League of Woman Voters Candidate Forum – Clarence Town Hall
  • Tuesday, October 25 – East Aurora League of Women Voters Candidate Forum – Aurora Senior Center
  • Wednesday, October 26 – Hamburg League of Women Voters Candidate Forum – Union-Pleasant School

9 Responses to “County Executive Race Friday”

  1. This Guy October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Actually Galvin had been axed from his job with the Parks Dept during the Red/Green budget and his job at the BOE, which says was only $35,000 a year, isn’t really something I would describe as “cush”.

  2. Aiden the Cat October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    It was a job…That’s more than a lot of people have right now…

  3. Carl the Crazed October 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Galvin was always a neighbor at Marine Drive who felt it was a country club expecting special favors from then GM Henry Littles. There’s another connection – Littles/Hizzoner Brown and the bridge with Collins.

  4. MJC October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    If someone with Collins put him up to this, and predicted that Poloncarz would immediately react before the guy was exposed as a Democrat, thus making Collins look like a victim while perpetuating the notion of “Democratic machine politics”, then I almost have to tip my cap to Collins for sheer evil brilliance.

    Most likely, Collins had nothing to do with it and this guy was just a moronic rogue, but the damage is already spreading.

  5. Brian October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Maybe Poloncarz is paying someone to harrass voters saying they are from is campaign, so he can then the Collins campaign.
    Sorry, that is Mark Galvin logic I’m using there.

  6. MJC October 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Good Christ, I think Brian is onto something! This is the greatest campaign in history.

    Next move – Collins arranges for his own assassination, takes a bullet and survives. Blames Poloncarz. Enjoys post-assassination attempt popularity, ala Reagan.

  7. Betty Jean Grant. October 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    County executive Chris Collins and County Executive Candidate Mark poloncarz have been invited to the city of Buffalo for a political debate on Wednesday, November 2nd @ the Merriweather Library ,1324 Jefferson Ave, in the inner city; you know that area that Chris Collins and company are counting on not to show up at the polls on November 8th. Well, the We Are Women Warriors Family and Community Empowerment group has been trying to nail down Chris Collins for over a month to either confirm he will attend or to RSVP his Regrets. As of today, Mark Poloncarz is the only candidate who has responded that he will be in attendance. So much for manners, protocol and mutual respect. Chris Collins’ team blamed the survey polls for over sampling the ‘lazy’, ‘non participating’ Buffalo voters when the poll showed that Mark Poloncarz was trailing him by only 3 per centage points; yet he refuses to even bother campaigning in Buffalo. Sort of like it was in 2007, when the ran the first time for County Executive.

  8. buffaloobserver October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    From what I know of this guy he’s always been a true blue Democrat. Something here does not add up. There’s more here than meets the eye. There has to be.

  9. Johnson Exec Search October 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I don’t like how in politics it seems that people get jobs just because who they know.  I guess that is true in most jobs though.  It is more who you know then what you know.

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