Full Bio: Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns

Michael P. Kearns best known as Mickey, has served the greater Buffalo area in elected office for more than a decade, representing constituents in the Buffalo Common Council, the New York State Assembly and currently as the Erie County Clerk. After earning his BA in Political Science from Canisius College, Mickey entered public service as a sanitation worker for the City of Buffalo. He credits this period of his life for teaching him the value of hard work, honesty and dedication to one's family, friends, neighbors and community.

Mickey went on to work in the private sector, eventually becoming the Vice President of the family-owned Kearns & Associates. Here, he guided not-for-profits, parishes, educational institutions, and healthcare providers through the fundraising process and saw first-hand the struggles that small business owners face and the importance of not-for-profits in the communities they serve.

In 2005, Mickey ran and was elected as the South District Council Member in the City of Buffalo. As a City of Buffalo Common Council Member, Mickey developed a reputation for tackling difficult issues head on, and provided an independent voice for constituents on all ends of the political spectrum.

During his nearly seven years serving on the Common Council, Mickey undertook a variety of initiatives helping tax payers, encouraging health and wellness development in the city and restoring and preserving historical landmarks. Throughout his tenure, Mickey successfully fought to remove hundreds of residents from paying federal flood insurance, saving the homeowners thousands of dollars. Mickey was an avid voice of support on the council for ‘complete streets’- improving the walkability of the city.

In March of 2012, Mickey was elected in a special election by the voters of South Buffalo, Lackawanna, West Seneca and Orchard Park to represent the 142nd district (then 145th district) in the New York State Assembly. As assemblyman, Mickey amassed an impressive record of legislative accomplishments as both a sponsor and co-sponsor of various bills.

In Albany, Mickey was a staunch proponent of policies to improve the quality of neighborhoods throughout the state. Mickey made the crippling issue of vacant and abandoned properties a top priority. After years of persistent efforts through the zombie property 'Shame Campaign', the NYS Legislature passed the Foreclosure Relief Act.

Serving as Erie County Clerk, Mickey continues to keep the people of Erie County his top priority. Mickey has continued his efforts of relieving communities from the burden of zombie properties with his Neighborhood Foreclosure A.L.E.R.T Program. Mickey also remains dedicated to helping Erie County veterans through the 'Thank A Vet' Discount Program.

A lifelong Western New York resident, Mickey is the son of Mary, a Lackawanna native, and Paul, a South Buffalo Firefighter. He is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and holds degrees from Erie Community College and Canisius College.