Hon. April N.M. Baskin, Majority Leader
Erie County Legislator District 2
As a Buffalo native, Honorable April Baskin is passionate about community development for social change.
In 2015, April developed The College Simulation Experience which uses arts based experiential learning to increase college retention rates in low-income populations in Western New York . She is dedicated to using creative learning methods as a platform for equipping youth who are lacking in resources with the tools needed to fully take advantage of the advancing educational opportunities afforded to them.
April holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from SUNY Empire State College, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at Buffalo State College. April is a member of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals, and was honored with their Community Engagement Award in May 2017. April was also honored with a 2017 Woman Touching The World Award by Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Inc.
She serves on The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative's Buffalo Taskforce. April is a member of the NAACP Buffalo Chapter, Leadership Niagara class of '17 and a graduate of the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program sponsored by the University of Buffalo.
In November 2017 April was elected to represent district 2 of the Erie County Legislature in the state of New York. She currently serves as the Body's Majority Leader; she chairs the Public Safety, Minority & Women Business Enterprise, and Economic Development committees. Most recently April was a 2018 finalist for the International ATHENA Award in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and appointed to serve on the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Policy Committee, Erie County Central Police Services Board of Trustees, Erie County MWBE Utilization Advisory Board and The UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Board.