Tips to Comptroller claim County Executive plays hockey with others; Poloncarz denies this

Erie County

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says his office has received a number of tips claiming County Executive Mark Poloncarz plays hockey with others at the Northtown Center in Amherst.

“The volume of tips increased once he denied this on December 21st,” Mychajliw’s office wrote in a statement released Monday morning.

On Monday morning, Mychajliw posted a video to Twitter and YouTube, which he says shows the County Executive carrying a hockey stick and a bag to a vehicle.

In response to this, Poloncarz says he hasn’t been playing hockey with others, but instead, has been alone on the ice.

“I didn’t play hockey with my usual mates,” Poloncarz tweeted Monday morning. “I got on the ice about [a] half-hour before they did to skate and shoot by myself and then left. Nothing wrong with that, though being followed is a bit creepy.”

During a conference later in the day, Poloncarz elaborated on this. He shared a photo he says he took while on the ice, noting the clock in the background, which shows the time he was at the Northtown Center.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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