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Patrick B. Burke

Erie County Legislator- District 7

**We are moving to 2189 Seneca Street on Wedneday 12/6. Phones will be down during the move- if you need assistance, please call Jonathan at (716) 858-8409.**

District Office: (Until 12/6)

469 Abbott Road Buffalo NY 14220

(716) 823-0752

Downtown Office:

92 Franklin St 4th Floor Buffalo NY 14202

Phone: (716) 858-8480

To schedule an appointment with Legislator Burke send an email to: laura.mannara@erie.gov. 

 Email: Patrick.Burke@Erie.Gov   


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Legislator Burke 2017 Constituent Survey   

Click the link below to fill out the 2017 constituent survey and share your thoughts with Legislator Burke!

 

 

OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Legislator Burke Announces Youth Sporting Goods Drive

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, October 27th, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The drive will collect lightly used sports equipment for children in need.

“There was once a time when neighborhood kids would grab a ball and play outside for hours. In recent years, this has become less and less prevalent. Nowadays, when a child wants to play a sport, they need to join an official team whether at a school, community center, or town league. What this also means is that the nearly free options for parents to have their kids enjoy the benefits of a sport are decreasing, and it can be expensive to purchase all of the equipment a child needs to play. Especially for households that have more than one child playing more than one sport. In 2015, 32% of parents whose households made less than $50,000 a year cited the high cost of sports as a reason their child couldn’t continue playing” Burke said.

Burke Introduces Invest in Erie, Invest in America Act

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke has introduced the Invest in Erie, Invest in America Bill before the Erie County Legislature. After a “Buy American” bill (LL 13-1 Sponsor: Morton) was quickly rushed through the Legislature with no committee discussion, after the Erie County Attorney’s Office issued a statement saying the bill was unlawful since it was “preempted by state competitive bidding status,” and that “implementation of this LL (13-1), as written, would be impossible.” The bill was hastily voted on and passed the County Legislature 10-1, despite these very pressing and concerning flaws with the proposed law. The sole dissenter was Legislator Patrick Burke.

Legislator Burke Demands Albany Stop Siding with Lobbyists and Hold Big Pharma Accountable

Legislator Patrick Burke is taking action to stem the growing interference of Albany in local government’s power and jurisdiction.
“For the past few months I have been working to pass the Erie County Pharmaceutical Water Pollution Act- a bill that would ensure pharmaceutical companies pay their fair share when it comes to the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. Currently, pharmaceutical disposal programs are paid by the taxpayers of Erie County. The pharmaceutical industry has an obligation to provide for the safe and proper disposal of its product. All too often when prescription medication sits in people’s medicine cabinets it can be misused by children or for a lesser pain than was prescribed. This is a pathway to addiction that can be avoided if residents are provided free, safe, and accessible drug drop off programs.”

Legislator Burke Recognizes Officer Pat McDonald as the Erie County Citizen of the Month

This month it was my pleasure to recognize City of Buffalo Police Officer Patrick McDonald as the Citizen of the Month for July. Officer McDonald’s service has been recognized and praised by the public due to his handling of a noise complaint of loud music being played in the City of Buffalo. When he arrived, Officer McDonald effectively diffused the situation and then did something unexpected: he embraced calls to play football with a group of kids outside, joining them in an act of unity and solidarity with the residents he’s tasked with protecting.

A Statement from Legislator Burke on Closed Door Healthcare Reform that Hurts the Middle Class, Erie County Taxpayers, and Those Most in Need

Last night Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the American Health Care Act. Their proposal would put thousands of Erie County residents in dire circumstances. My district represents 39,327 Medicaid recipients. Under the provisions of this bill, Erie County will face a tradeoff—whether to allow thousands to be uninsured or increase taxes. Furthermore, to offset the cost of uninsured hospital visits, Erie County residents will bear the burden, seeing their premiums and deductibles rise.

Burke Combats Zombie Homes in Erie County

Erie County, New York- Legislator Patrick Burke has put forth a resolution to reduce the blight of zombie homes 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.

Constituent Survey 2017

Over the past few months my office has been sending out surveys to constituents in the 7th district. The survey is now available to be filled out online by following the link below. This survey will help gauge constituent concerns and needs, and ensure a direct line of communication with the people I serve.

Saying No to a New York State Constitutional Convention on the 2017 Ballot

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke has submitted a resolution in opposition to the New York State Constitutional Convention on November 7th, 2017 (election day). Every 20 years, the Constitutional Convention affords the citizens of New York an opportunity to vote to make major amends or revisions to the State’s Constitution. However, it is imperative to note that this is not the only opportunity for changes to be made to the Constitution. Individual bills may be passed at any time to amend specific language and alter the Constitution.