Since taking office as Erie County's eighth County Executive in January 2012, Mark has worked to change the culture of Erie County government and return it to its core mission: provide the programs and services that residents and taxpayers demand as effectively and efficiently as possible. And as such, he made it a priority to restore funding for what he calls the “People’s Mandates,” which include the rodent control program, parks improvements, road and bridge construction, libraries, summer youth programming and renewed commitment to arts and cultural organizations. These programs were restored by Mark in a fiscally responsible manner without raising taxes.
Additionally, Mark believes the key to his administration’s success is to create strong partnerships with other levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, educational institutions and community groups. Examples include the creation of one of New York State’s first Land Banks, the establishment of the Erie County Medicaid Anti-Fraud Unit, as well as the successful negotiation of a new 10-year lease with the Buffalo Bills that is fair for local and state taxpayers.
Earlier this year, Mark announced his “Initiatives for a Smart Economy,” which represents his administration’s deep commitment to a comprehensive, innovative approach to economic development and provides the ‘missing link,’ tying a host of diverse initiatives into one regional development effort. Specifically, this plan includes a total of 64 initiatives across a dozen areas, representing the ‘gears’ that, addressed together, will help change our economic future. These range from agriculture to quality of life and from the ‘Blue’ economy to smart growth.
Before being elected as County Executive, Mark served as Erie County Comptroller for six years. During that time he worked to root out waste, fraud and abuse of the taxpayers’ dollars while creating a more efficient Comptroller’s Office and restoring fiscal stability to Erie County’s government. Additionally, Mark practiced corporate and finance law in Buffalo with the firms of Watson Bennett LLP and Kavinoky Cook LLP.