A most unreasonable demand

Mark Poloncarz is way out of line insisting that county legislators sign a nondisclosure agreement to participate in talks over a community benefits agreement for the Bills stadium

I’ve never heard of such a thing: elected officials being asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement to preclude them from discussing public policy.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is making the demand of three county legislators who would serve on a committee to consider, at long last, a community benefits agreement tied to the construction of the new Buffalo Bills stadium.

The county executive wants those negotiations, much like talks involving the stadium, to be held in secret. Public policy should not be negotiated behind closed doors. This is yet another example of Poloncarz kowtowing to the Pegulas and thumbing his nose at the public’s right to know.

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