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PATRICK B. BURKE

7TH DISTRICT ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATOR

92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-858-8480

Email: Patrick.Burke@Erie.Gov

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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

FCC ruling boosts County’s chance of municipal broadband

This was a critical step towards making municipal broadband a reality in Erie County. Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke identified access to the internet as a major hindrance in the economic and social growth of the region.

Burke Resolution on Stricter Airline Safety Measures Passes Unanimously in Legislative Session.

On the anniversary of the loss of Flight 3407, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke's resolution calling on the Federal Government and the FAA to keep regulations in place for stricter safety regulations passed unanimously in today's Legislative session.

 

Burke Resolution to Ban Plastic Pollution in Lake Erie Approved!

Today, in the first 2015 meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee, the committee voted to approve a resolution introduced by Legislator Patrick B. Burke that advocates strong support for legislation banning microbeads in cosmetic products in New York State.

BURKE, HANSEN, AND POLONCARZ ANNOUNCE AREA LANDMARKS TO “LIGHT UP PURPLE” FOR CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS

Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke (7th District) was joined by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Board President of the Amanda Hansen Foundation Ken Hansen, and representatives from participating Erie County agencies as he announced the Lighting Up Purple campaign, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Regional landmarks including the Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls, the Electric Tower, and One Canalside will be bathed in purple light at sundown on Saturday, January 17th to bring colorful attention to the issue.

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke Announces HEAP Outreach

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Dudley Branch Library, 2010 South Park Avenue in Buffalo.

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County Residents with their heating bills. The HEAP outreach will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income eligible households. For more information, contact the HEAP Hotline at 858-7870 or 858-7466 or visit: www.erie.gov/depts/socialservices/heap.asp 

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Legislator Patrick B. Burke working with WNY Law Center to protect area home owners

(Cheektowaga, NY) - Some of the nation’s biggest insurance companies have denied valid claims in an attempt to boost their bottom lines. These companies have rewarded employees who successfully denied claims and boosted profits, replaced employees who would not engaged in such practices, and when all else failed, engaged in outright fraud to avoid paying claims. If you have property damage due to the recent snow storm and your insurance company denies your claim please contact Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke’s office at 716-858-8480. Legislator Burke is working closely with the Western New York Law Center by providing free legal counsel and a review of your insurance claim denials. “These large insurance companies make money by denying claims. Many insurance companies employ special tactics to avoid paying claims and have high powered attorneys who can skillfully skirt the law. I want to even the playing field for the people that I represent,” Legislator Burke said.

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke Calls For Immediate Expansion Of D-Snap Benefits For Those Affected By Recent Storm

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke (D) is calling on the Federal Government to extend D-SNAP Benefits (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for those who have been unable to go to work following the snowstorm that paralyzed a large portion of Erie County.

  “Many of the people affected by this historic storm live paycheck to paycheck” said Burke.  “Not being able to work for an entire week has compounded the economic strain that these families face every day. With the Holidays fast approaching, these people need immediate income relief. This will not only help individuals and families at this time of need, but will also generate income for many businesses in  the areas of the County most affected by  the storm.”

Legislator Patrick B. Burke’s resolution toward County wide broadband internet passes

(Buffalo, NY) – A resolution submitted by Legislator Patrick B. Burke, representing Cheektowaga and Buffalo, was passed unanimously last Thursday by the Erie County Legislature.  The resolution addressed many of the access and high price issues faced by families all across Erie County from rural to urban communities caused by the lack of competition in the broadband internet industry. 

Citing the success of a large scale municipal broadband system that was created in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the resolution proposes that the Economic Development Committee take steps toward the implementation of such a system in Erie County.  The broadband system in Tennessee was cited by many of that area’s manufacturers as a reason to invest in Chattanooga.

A broadband system in Erie County could act as a spur to internet price competition in the region.  By reduce the operating costs of schools and other major institutions, allowing a cheaper alternative for start-up businesses, a County wide broadband system could serve as another regional asset for job growth.  Revenue generated by the broadband system could also go toward reducing Erie County’s dependence on sales tax revenue.

Experts will be called to speak on the issue at future meetings of the Economic Development Committee when the Erie County Legislature comes back from recess in September.

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke pushes for Transparency and Accountability

Over the past few decades Erie County has increasingly turned to private companies to help taxpayers get the job done better, faster and more cheaply, or at least, that is what is claimed.  In many cities and states across the county government officials, taxpayers and journalists are dealing with a new problem, a complete lack of contractor accountability and transparency.