Todd Danni, who owns hair salons in Amherst and Orchard Park, held two signs while standing on the sidewalk in front of Poloncarz ‘house. One said “Stop killing small businesses” and the other said “Representative Erie County not Cuomo” and had a photo of the governor’s head marked with a large red X.
“I had to fire 22 people yesterday,” Danni said.
Frank Kolbman stood at the back of his pickup truck with an American flag and a New York State flag. The New York flag was upside down, he said, because the state is in distress.
Holland, NY, man said he is particularly upset about locking up nursing home. It is cruel not to let families visit their loved ones in nursing homes during the holidays, he said.
“The cure is worse than the disease,”
Poloncarz did not appear during the protest. In the middle of it, he tweeted some of the latest Covid-19 data.
“There has been an increase in all age groups except 0-19 with almost doubling or more in older age categories. On November 20, 76% of all hospital beds were occupied / ICU beds 43% occupied,” he wrote on Twitter.
There were no counter-protests, although a couple of Poloncarz’s neighbors showed their support. A woman was standing next to the road with her thumb down. Another woman waving a rainbow flag shouted from a porch, “Black life matters! Unfortunate life matters! Mandate masks!”