Teachers have made their voices heard loud and clear about the current evaluation system. If elected to the New York State Assembly, I will be the voice of parents, students, and teachers in Albany. I promise to fight to fix the teacher evaluation system to return control to local municipalities with no mandates from the state.
Buffalo, NY- Today the Erie County Democratic Committee will choose its nominee for the New York State Assembly’s 142nd District. A special election will be held on April 24th, 2018.
Buffalo, NY- Last night New York State Teachers (NYSUT) voted unanimously to endorse Patrick Burke in his candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 142nd District.
Buffalo, NY- Today Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke officially announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 142nd District, which includes South Buffalo and Kaisertown, Lackawanna, West Seneca, and Orchard Park.
Governor Cuomo Heeds Legislator Burke’s Call to Veto S. 6750/ A. 387B- Holding Big Pharma Accountable
Buffalo, NY- Last week Legislator Burke held a press conference calling on Governor Cuomo to veto S. 6750/A. 387B- a bill that if it had been signed would’ve let the pharmaceutical industry off the hook and put the burden of cleaning up pharmaceutical pollution onto taxpayers. Yesterday, he vetoed the bill.
Legislator Burke Calls for the Establishment of the Erie County Broadband Network to Combat the FCC's Repeal of Net Neutrality
“State and local government needs to protect consumers from this disastrous net neutrality decision" says Legislator Pat Burke. Burke founded the Erie County Broadband Committee which has been exploring the feasibility of a public/private high speed internet service in Erie County.
Legislator Burke Calls on Governor Cuomo to Hold Big Pharma Accountable and Veto S.6750/A. 387B
Erie County, NY- Legislator Patrick Burke is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto S.6750/A.387B a law that if signed by the governor, would strip away local municipalities’ ability to combat the opioid epidemic and ensure clean drinking water for residents.
Legislator Patrick Burke Announces Youth Sporting Goods Drive to Collect Equipment for Kids in Need
Erie County, NY- Legislator Patrick Burke is announcing the start of his Youth Sporting Goods Drive on the steps of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School today. The drive will collect lightly used sports equipment for children in need.
Legislator Burke Fights Zombie Housing with Common Sense Reform
Erie County, New York- Legislator Patrick Burke has put forth a resolution to reduce the blight of zombie housing in Erie County. The resolution, which maintains bipartisan support in the Legislature, advocates for a Home Rule Request seeking permission from New York State to amend the Erie County Tax Act. The decision will allow Albany to decrease the allotted time for vacant properties to sit in foreclosure from two years to 1 year. Thereby fighting against the nearly 1,000 vacant homes deemed “zombie houses” in Erie County.
Tifft Street Bridge a Hazard- Advocating for South Buffalo Resident’s Safe Access to Waterfront
South Buffalo, New York- Today Legislator Pat Burke will hold a press conference documenting the hazardous condition of the Tifft Street Bridge in South Buffalo.
“The Tifft Street Bridge is the only pedestrian entry point for the residents of South Buffalo to access Buffalo’s waterfront. Right now it is an absolute hazard to cross. This is unacceptable.”
Opposing the Trump Administration’s Elimination of Funding and Protection for The Great Lakes
Erie County, New York- Legislator Patrick Burke who garnered national recognition for his ban on microbead plastics, has submitted a resolution expressing his opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of the Clean Water Rule, as well as the stark reductions in Environmental Protection Agency funding that would cut funds for the Great Lakes pollution cleanup by 97%.