Criminal Justice, Education, Civil Rights, Government, Poverty, Health, Housing
Although indicators show that the County as a whole is better off than it was a few short years ago, some of Erie County’s residents are not reaping the benefit of this upswing to the same extent as others. Moreover, poor health outcomes also continue to be more likely here than in other counties in New York State. Initiatives for a Stronger Community is the Poloncarz Administration’s health and human services action plan for Erie County government based on the idea that it is unacceptable for a newly revitalized Western New York to leave behind significant portions of our community when we can effect positive change in their lives. As such, the plan outlines specific measures that Erie County government will undertake to improve the quality of life for residents in need. Initiatives for a Stronger Community is grounded in compassion and premised on two fundamental principles: County government represents everyone (not just taxpayers); and Government is an essential partner, and where appropriate, it can and should lead. This plan reflect these key values. They are inclusive, work to address needs and create opportunities, embrace both leadership and partnership, and support the ongoing efforts of others to build a stronger community.