Lynne Dixon was first elected to the Erie County Legislature in November 2009 on a reform platform that included reducing the size of the Legislature and eliminating district offices. She continues to work toward cutting the cost of government and putting taxpayers first. She was re-elected to her second term in November 2011 to represent the 9th District in the 11-member Legislature. Legislator Dixon is proud to represent the residents of Hamburg (town and village), Lackawanna, Blasdell and a portion of South Buffalo. She was re-elected in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Lynne served as Chairwoman of the Health & Human Services Committee for four years, as well as serving as Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Government Affairs Committee and Minority & Women Business Enterprise Committee. She is also a member of Erie County's Opioid Epidemic Task Force, and the Hamburg Community Drug Free Coalition.
Her focus remains on providing residents with quality services while holding the line on taxes. Legislator Dixon is committed to maintaining the county’s infrastructure, advocating that investments be made in roads and bridges to resolve issues now before they become more costly down the road. Among her outreach efforts, Legislator Dixon supported and has promoted the Yellow Dot program to accident victims who may not be able to relay their medical needs; Silver Alert initiative to locate missing adults; the Cyber-bullying Law, which focuses on protecting youth; an indoor ban on vaping to protect the health of all; and a local microbead law banning the sale of products with plastic microbeads, which later became a federal law, the social host law. She also hosts community meetings throughout the district to meet directly with residents to discuss any concerns they may have, as well as providing Boater Safety Courses and Car Seat Checks. Each year she partners with local schools for the Valentines for Veterans program to thank our servicemen and women for their sacrifice. For nine years, Legislator Dixon has organized the Prom Dress Drive to provide free gowns to local girls.
Lynne and her three siblings were born and raised in Western New York, attending Williamsville North High School. She attended West Virginia University where she majored in English. Lynne and her children reside the Village of Hamburg. Oldest son, Jack, attends Michigan State. Owen is a freshman at Canisius High School, and Erin and Caroline attend school in the Hamburg District. The family has been involved in numerous activities, including football, cross country, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and basketball.
Lynne spent 22 years as a journalist. For 12 years she was a general assignment reporter at WGRZ-TV, covering everything from breaking news, crime, and feature stories, to investigations and in-depth reports on local and state government. She was also a news and sports reporter/anchor at WGR-550 Radio in Buffalo where she performed similar duties. Lynne's broadcast career began in West Virginia where she was News Director of the student-run radio station, WWVU-FM at West Virginia University. She worked in local television and radio there before returning home to Western New York.
The District 9 Legislator has often been recognized for her work in journalism, including the inaugural Tim Russert Award for interview skills, preparedness, knowledge, credibility, teamwork and generosity of spirit at Channel 2. She was also awarded the Best of Gannett, New York State Broadcasters, Associated Press, and WVU Student Journalist awards. She has been part of various charities and fundraising events, including Kids Escaping Drugs, Say Yes, Parent-Child Connection, Hamburg Finance Academy, New York State Association of Counties, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In addition, she was a founding member of the Make-A-Wish local chapter, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels for Western New York. Lynne was a member of the Erie County Board of Health. In 2016, Legislator Dixon was named a Friend of Prevention by WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Throughout her travels and work as a journalist, Lynne has been an outspoken advocate for our region. She is eager to be part of a joint effort to advance this area, and help create an environment and opportunity where not only her children, but many generations of families can stay and prosper.