Poloncarz responds to criticisms about how county handled winter storm

Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 09, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-04 08:00:25-05

Some people were critical of Erie County for how it responded to the winter storm in November. In an exclusive interview, the County Executive is firing back.

Mark Poloncarz said the county did all it could to help municipalities deal with the snow.

He said the county took action immediately and was taking proactive steps before the storm hit. They salted the roads the Monday before the storm and snow plows followed the snowfall across the area.

Poloncarz said the amount of snow was overwhelming and the speed at which it fell made things difficult.

One of the biggest challenges for the county was the cars that got stuck on the roads. Poloncarz said those vehicles made it nearly impossible for the plows to clear the road.

The bottom line, according to Poloncarz, was that it was a hard-hitting storm. He assures that the county is ready for the winter weather ahead.