This is one of the most important races of the year,” declared Assembly Woman Crystal Peoples-Stokes during a recent press conference endorsing Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff. She could not have been more correct.

Over the years this newspaper has received countless letters from inmates about deplorable conditions and all too often physical abuse - at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility at Alden.

The man that Bernie Tolbert is running to replace, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, should have been gone a long time ago. Under his watch, the number of inmate deaths by suicide and abuse, lawsuits, criminal investigations and mismanagement, have been well documented. Your vote is critical in that it can help bring about much needed change and restore civility and transparency to this law enforcement agency.

That’s why it’s so important that you go to the polls next Tuesday and elect Bernie Tolbert as the next Erie County Sheriff. Tolbert – despite withstanding the slings and arrows of outrageous political attack ads – has run a commendable, above board campaign. His “issues that matter” include the County Holding Center, street violence, the heroin and opioid epidemic and guaranteeing justice for all. Bernie is no stranger to the inner city.

Buffalo born, he was raised in the Willert Park Housing Project by his amazing mother, where respect and education was stressed. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Over the years his career choices have included serving as FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Office; and Vice President of Security, Coca Cola, HSBC Bank and the NBA – a total of 20 years of solid law enforcement experience.

Mr. Tolbert is no lightweight and he retuned home to this area several years ago to lend his skills and expertise to help build a city, county and community we can all be proud of. Bernie Tolbert is the only, and best choice in the upcoming election. He has the integrity, intelligence, temperament and high level experience to make the Erie County Sheriff’s Department one of the best in the country. Political hopefuls like Mr.Tolbert come along only once in a great while. That is why we are so proud to endorse his candidacy! And why, as a community, we can’t afford to miss out on this opportunity to elect him to this important position. Please join us in voting for Bernie Tolbert, Democrat, for Erie County Sheriff on Tuesday, November7!

Mayor Brown Endorses Bernie Tolbert For Erie County Sheriff!

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has endorsed Democrat Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff.

“It is now more important than ever that we elect leaders who can build on our successes and continue to move our city and our county forward,” said Mayor Brown. “Erie County residents deserve a sheriff who creates a system for accountability, and ensures “justice for all. To that end, Bernie Tolbert has the professional experience to serve as the county’s top law enforcement officer.” In acknowledging the Mayor’s support, Tolbert spoke of future collaboration in ensuring the safety of Erie County. “It is a great honor to have the endorsement of Mayor Brown, a leader whose service to the City of Buffalo has strengthened our city and our region.

His leadership has made Buffalo smarter, safer, and I pledge to work closely with Mayor Brown and all county and municipal partners to continue to expand on this progress.” Bernie Tolbert is the former Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo office overseeing the Western New York region. He has more than 30 years of professional experience at the highest levels of law enforcement and corporate security. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Tolbert holds a master degree in social work from the SUNY Buffalo and worked in education and social work in Erie County before launching a career with the FBI. Mr. Tolbert’s campaign platform features four primary agenda items: Clean up the County jails and restore pride and professionalism to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office; Beat the opioid and heroin addiction epidemic ravaging Erie County; Collaboratively work to turn back the tide of rising street crime and restore a culture of respect and civility.

Get Out And Vote Rally November 4

For Erie County Sheriff Candidate BERNIE TOLBERT

A Get Out And Vote Rally for Erie County Sheriff Candidate BERNIE TOLBERT will be held Saturday, November 4, from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Reverend Dr. Bennett W. Smith SR Family Life Center, 833 Michigan Center. Special Guests will include Erie County Democratic Chair- Jeremy Zellner and all the Democrat General Election candidates running for office on Tuesday, November 7th .