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Peter J. Savage, III 
District 3

 
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1701 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14216
Phone: 832-0493
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LEGISLATOR SAVAGE HONORS DR. DONNA FERNANDES AS CITIZEN OF THE MONTH

Erie County, NY - At the session of the Erie County Legislature on Thursday, March 23, 2017, Legislator Peter J. Savage III (D-Buffalo) presented renowned conservationist and Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna M. Fernandes with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for March 2017.  The award comes as an expression and commemoration of Dr. Fernandes’ illustrious career and leadership of the Buffalo Zoo to make it one of the best zoos in the country under her guidance.

“It is my great honor and privilege to recognize and thank Donna Fernandes for her many years of service at the Buffalo Zoo.  Donna has not only been the zoo’s leader and public figure, but the engine that has made it go, helping to make the Buffalo Zoo one of the premier zoos in the nation and a true local treasure,” said Legislator Savage.

LAND BANK BRINGS KENMORE ZOMBIE PROPERTY BACK TO LIFE

Legislator Peter J. Savage, III and Local Officials Join in Ribbon Cutting at Rehabbed Home at 22 Allegany

Kenmore, New York– Legislator Peter J. Savage, III joined Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz , Mayor of the Village of Kenmore Patrick Mang,  staff from the Buffalo Erie Niagara County Land Improvement Corporation (BENLIC – “The Land Bank”), representatives of JPMorgan Chase, and community members at 22 Allegany Avenue in Kenmore to unveil the Land Bank’s latest renovation project. The “zombie” property had been of great concern to neighbors as it sat vacant and deteriorating and was donated to the Land Bank by JPMorgan Chase in 2015, along with financial remuneration to insure that Village taxes on the property were current through 2015.

"The Land Bank offers creative opportunities to rehabilitate and return properties in limbo into new ownership, and to preserve vibrant and stable neighborhoods like this one in the Village of Kenmore. We will continue to work together to replicate this model throughout our community," stated Legislator Savage (3rd District).


Free Rabies Clinic at North Buffalo Community Center

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage III (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) encourages residents to take advantage of an upcoming Erie County Department of Health 2017 Free Rabies Clinic, to be held at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road (off Colvin Ave., South of Kenmore Ave.) on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 3-7 pm. The clinic will offer free rabies shots for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets. Please bring pets on a leash or in a carrier, and if possible please bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination record.

Please be advised that:

1. Pets must be at least three months of age to receive a rabies vaccination.

2. Proof of previous rabies vaccination must be provided to receive a three-year Certificate, otherwise a one-year certificate will be issued.

3. All dogs, cats, and ferrets must be restrained using a leash and/or pet carrier. It is the utmost importance that the animal is under the complete control of the owner to assure the public is protected at all times.

4. No person shall be allowed to have more than three pets in line at one time.

Free rabies clinics are offered in association with the Erie County Department of Health, Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, Medaille Veterinary Technology and the SPCA serving Erie County. For more information please contact the Erie County Department of Health/Division of Environmental Health (716) 961-6800 or www.erie.gov/health, or Legislator Savage’s neighborhood district office at (716) 832-0493.

Legislator Savage Calls on State Inspector General to Investigate Relocation of Sex Offenders to Temporary Home for Disabled in Buffalo

Neighbors Who Claim They Weren’t Properly Notified When Two Level II Sex Offenders Were Moved to Their Street Stand With Local Leaders to Call for State Investigation

 

State, County, City Leaders Demand State Rescind Placement of Sex Offenders and Examine Whether it Violates Conditional Permit Granted by City of Buffalo

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Erie County Legislator Peter Savage, Senator Tim Kennedy and Delaware District Councilman Joel Feroleto joined neighbors in the City of Buffalo to call on the State Inspector General to investigate whether New York violated the terms of a conditional permit issued by the City of Buffalo when recently relocating two sex offenders into their neighborhood. The plea comes as neighbors become increasingly outraged that Russel Bennelthum and James Loder, two Level II sex offenders, were moved from a group home in West Seneca and into a facility run by Community Services of the Developmentally Disabled on Rosemary Avenue.

 

These frustrations are all too familiar; the West Seneca community expressed similar concerns for years when seven sex offenders, including Bennelthum and Loder, were placed in two group homes on Leydecker Road. Neighbors there made it clear that these offenders were not welcome, particularly because the homes they were placed in were steps away from a local park and playground. On Rosemary Avenue, the scene is similar; a school for kids with learning, social and emotional needs sits less than a mile from where the sex offenders now reside.

Legislator Savage Honors Bill Buyers as Erie County Legislature Citizen of the Month for March 2016

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Peter Savage presented William A. Buyers with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month award for March 2016 at the regular session of the Legislature held on Thursday, March 17th 2016.

 

The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month award was created to recognize outstanding members of the community, and the latest member of this distinguished group is William A. “Bill” Buyers. 

 

“Bill’s continued and tireless commitment to our community has never wavered as evidenced by the monthly community breakfast he sponsors which gives hundreds of residents the opportunity to regularly interact and have problems addressed by governmental, business, and community stakeholders,” stated Legislator Peter Savage.

Legislator Savage’s Proposed Pawnbroker Law is Approved

New Law requires pawnbrokers to hold property to assist law enforcement and victims of crime in tracing and recovering stolen property

Erie County, NY- The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a Local Law co-sponsored by Legislator Peter Savage (D- Tonawanda & Buffalo) regulating pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.

The new Local Law makes it unlawful for establishments to: purchase any articles, jewelry or precious metals from any person under the age of 18; sell, dispose of, destroy, alter or remove from premises any articles for 14 days, (or 30 days if requested by law enforcement); and bars employment to anyone who has been convicted of a felony in the past 3 years. This law will serve as a critical crime-fighting tool for law enforcement to locate and recover stolen products on a cross jurisdiction and countywide basis.

“This law gives law enforcement and victims of crime the opportunity to recover stolen property that may have been sold to a pawnbroker before it is resold or destroyed,” said Legislator Peter Savage.

The Local Law also requires all pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers, jewelry and coin exchange dealers, or precious metal exchanges operating within Erie County to be licensed by the Office of the Erie County Sheriff. The licenses will be valid for one year and the fee will be set equal to the fee imposed by the City of Buffalo.

“Unfortunately with the increased use of heroin and other drugs in our community, it is essential that we give law enforcement the tools it needs to recover stolen property that may have been sold to a pawnbroker to support a drug habit,” continued Legislator Savage.

This updated Local Law addresses concerns previously raised by some businesses and follows a recent public hearing where numerous chiefs of police from all across Erie County testified in support of its passage. The law will now be sent to the County Executive for review and final approval.

Completion of Phase II Improvements at Black Rock Canal Park

Erie County Legislator Peter Savage said, “I am very pleased that the second phase of improvements at Black Rock Canal Park has been completed. This has been a true community driven project and it has been my pleasure to work with the County Executive and the Black Rock Canal Park Steering Committee to make this project a reality, and look forward to future phases at this jewel on Buffalo's waterfront."

Phase II improvements at the park include a new parking area with landscaping and clearly marked areas for boat parking and handicapped parking; a new railing along the water’s edge that allows an open view of the Niagara River and replaces a rusted steel wall that had previously blocked the view; a new concrete promenade along the water, formed to resemble wood planking and accompanied by grassy areas with trees; a new, lighted flagpole at the park’s K-9 monument; and a new Parks Department maintenance building. Other visually compelling elements added in Phase II include a large “Black Rock” that represents the famous black rock that protruded into the Niagara River near the Peace Bridge before being removed to build the Erie Canal, and an iconic boat sculpture that symbolizes the old canal barges that travelled the Black Rock Canal.

The Erie County Legislature Unanimously Passed a Resolution Introduced by Peter J. Savage III Supporting the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act

Buffalo, NY- The Erie County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Peter J. Savage III (D- Buffalo & Tonawanda) supporting the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act.

“With one in thirteen children now suffering from food allergies, it is critical that we take every precaution to ensure that epinephrine is easily and readily available in public places,” stated Legislator Savage.

 The Allergy Advocacy Association states that 8% of school-age children in the United States, potentially as many as two in every classroom, may suffer from a food allergy. The Emergency Allergy Treatment Act would authorize the certification of persons to administer lifesaving treatment to individuals who have severe allergic reactions when a physician is not available; allows, but does not require, an authorized entity to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors with a prescription. Authorized entity’s includes restaurants, recreational camps, youth sports leagues, entertainment venues, sports arenas and theme parks and resorts.

 Legislator Savage continued “This law would allow restaurants and other public places to stock and administer epinephrine injectors, if they choose to, without the fear of liability so that people can get the help they need.”

Previously, in 2014, the Erie County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution by Legislator Savage calling for a change to State Law to allow students to carry and use epinephrine injectors and medical devices in schools which was passed last spring and signed into law last fall. Certified copies of today’s resolution will be sent to the Governor and the New York State Legislature for consideration.

Kenmore Avenue Phase III Roadwork Set to Begin

Federal and State Funds Paired with Erie County, City of Buffalo

Construction Project includes Road Rehabilitation, Improved Visibility with Lowered Rail Track Grade

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Erie County Legislator Peter Savage (3rd District), and Erie County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo to announce the next phase of construction set to begin on Kenmore Avenue. Construction on the project’s Phase III is set to begin on Monday, May 11, and will cover a 0.94-mile stretch of Kenmore Avenue between Main Street (next to the South Campus of the University at Buffalo) and Klauder Road. The project encompasses one of the most heavily-trafficked roads in the County’s inventory.

"I am very pleased that the multi-million dollar Kenmore Avenue reconstruction project is underway,” added Erie County Legislator Peter Savage (3rd District). “Since taking office, ensuring that this project was fully-funded and on schedule has been one of my top priorities, and I am proud to have worked with our partners at the County, City, State, and Federal levels of government to make this transformational project for Buffalo and Tonawanda a reality."

Peter Savage Honors Bill Swanson as the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month

Erie County, NY- Legislator Peter J. Savage III (D-Tonawanda & Buffalo) commended Bill Swanson for his civic contributions, and in recognition of his volunteer work in the community, named him Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month for March 2015 at the Erie County Legislature’s regular session held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in downtown Buffalo with his family, friends and co-workers in attendance.

“Bill is a strong and effective leader who can always be counted on to put the residents of the Town of Tonawanda first, Stated Legislator Savage.  Bill Swanson’s tireless efforts on behalf of our community are inspirational and are worthy of recognition by this Honorable Body.   Whether it be assisting his colleagues in the Village of Kenmore, working with Erie County to share services, or mobilizing staff and volunteers from the Town of Tonawanda to lend aid to communities in need throughout Western New York, Bill routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty. ”