Buffalo, NY – Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced his support and endorsement of Democratic candidate Patrick Burke (D- South Buffalo) to represent the 142nd Assembly district in New York. County Executive Poloncarz noted Burke’s leadership and ability to work across the aisle in the Erie County Legislature as chief among the reasons behind his endorsement.
Assembly candidate Patrick Burke (D/WFP/ REF-Buffalo) has received strong support from major labor unions across Western New York, including those representing workers in the construction, health care, and education sectors. Burke has received these endorsements in response to his vision for economic growth for the region as well as his experience standing on the picket line with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers when they were on strike. Burke has written letters to the CEOs of major corporations on behalf of workers fighting for a better deal for themselves and their families. Most notable, he drafted legislation entitled the “Invest in Erie, Invest in America Act” a bill that would promote businesses right here in Erie County.
Buffalo, NY- City of Buffalo Comptroller and South Buffalo native Mark Schroeder (D-Buffalo) has endorsed Democratic candidate Patrick Burke to represent the 142nd District of the New York State Assembly. Schroeder noted Burke’s many victories on behalf of Western New York families, working across party lines as an independent voice in the Erie County legislature to grow the local economy and create safer communities.
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- 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%.