County Executive Candidates Make Last Push For Support

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Some of the top political leaders in the state will be heading to Western New York to back Democratic candidate for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Governor Cuomo will be coming to town for an event at the United Auto Workers Region Nine Hall in Amherst at 12:30 this afternoon. Cuomo will be joined by Senator Chuck Schumer. Both men are encouraging residents to vote for Poloncarz.

Poloncarz, who is the current County Comptroller, said if he's elected he will restore funding lost to libraries and the cultural groups. He said it won't cost tax payers a penny. Poloncarz is also focused on job creation.

His opponent and incumbent Chris Collins also gained support this week. Former Erie County Comptroller Alfreda Slominski will encourage voters to back Collins next Tuesday. In a recent ad, she talked about Collins' accomplishments in Erie County over the last four years.

Both candidates sat down with Channel 7 to discuss the issues.

"I believe I can pay for the libraries, arts and culturals without raising taxes. 16:05 I know finances as good as anyone in county government. I know where the bags of money are being hid by the county executive and I am going to unbury those bags and use them for the public good." Poloncarz said.

Collins also talked about his message.

"The total is about 35 million dollars a year of direct, measurable, positive impact, let's say it is a hundred million dollars, that's a three year return and I don't know where anyone else can make an investment and get a guaranteed three year return, even Bernie Madoff didn't promise something that good," Collins said.

Although candidates said they are focused on the issues now, the race has not been without controversy. The conflicts include a phone scam and voter fraud accusations. Those accusations involved absentee ballots being sent to voters with Chris Collins' name already marked off for County Executive. Collins' supporters blame the Poloncarz camp.

Now, those supporters will be protesting the fraud on Wehrle Drive in front of the union Hall at 12:30 p.m. They encourage people to make signs and come on down to participate in the rally.