Terry McCracken is the new Legislator for the 8th District, which encompasses South Cheektowaga, Depew, Lancaster and Alden. He has lived in Depew and Lancaster his whole life and is dedicated to improving his community through public service and hard work. He is looking forward to serving the taxpayers or Erie County in his role as the Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee and as a member of the Public Safety and Government Affairs Committees.
McCracken has spent his career in public service as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the Town of Lancaster. This included overseeing six departments and their staffs, administering budgets in excess of $2.3 million and obtaining numerous local, state and federal grants for park and building improvements.
Among his most successful projects are:
- The construction of a Senior Citizens Center expansion featuring a computer center, fitness center and meeting rooms.
- The development of the Heritage Trail in 2010, a four-mile, on- and off-road bike and hike trail.
- The renovation of St. Mary’s High School’s outdoor athletic facilities including the construction of football, softball, track and baseball fields.
- The construction of Westwood Park, a 175-acre multipurpose park.
- Organizing and managing the Taste of Lancaster basketball tournament involving 150 teams and 600 participants.
Prior to his work in Lancaster, McCracken worked as a bus operator for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. He also was a training operator where he trained new operators on safe operation, routes and company rules and regulations. McCracken attended Canisius College. McCracken has two children, Patrick and Jillian, and lives with his wife, Kristin, in Depew.