ERIE.GOV | Your information resource from the government of Erie County, New York

County Executive Elected Officials County Departments Living In Erie County Visiting Erie County Growing your business in Erie County State and regional municipalities

Peter J. Savage, III 
District 3

District Office:

1701 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14216
Phone: 832-0493
Fax: 832-0494

Email: Peter.Savage@erie.gov


District Map


Press Releases

Local Library

Local Park

Local DMV


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. ”

Legislator Savage’s Local Law Restricting Electronic Cigarettes is Approved

Legislature Passes Measure Prohibiting Vaping in Indoor Public Places in Erie County  

Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held on February 26, 2015, the Legislature approved by a vote of 9-1, a Local Law sponsored by Legislator Peter Savage (D-Buffalo and Tonawanda), restricting the use of electronic cigarettes and “vaping” in indoor public places in Erie County that are already smoke-free. 

“The purpose of this law is to protect the public’s absolute right to breathe clean air.  This is not a ban, but rather a reasonable restriction on the use of these products in indoor public places,” stated Legislator Savage in remarks during the session.

The Legislature’s vote followed months of fact-finding, committee meetings, and public hearings in which several doctors, medical experts and public health organizations, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Buffalo-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition, the Wellness Institute of WNY, and the Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department warned of the dangers and risks that the emissions from Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping pose to the public’s health. The Legislature also heard from school officials and students at both the college and high school levels as to the growing use and popularity of Electronic Cigarettes and vaping by teens.

Erie County Legislator Peter Savage Announces HEAP Workshop

Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage III (D-Buffalo) is announcing that a HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) workshop for the third legislative district will be held at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207 from 9 am- 4 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County Residents with their heating bills.  

HEAP applicants are required to bring the following documentation to the session:

-          One (1) form of identification for all household members (Birth Certificates, License, Social Security Card)

-          Proof of income received within the last 30 days for all household members (Pay Stubs, Social Security or Pension Award letters, Proof of Child Support, Rental Income, Unemployment Benefits, Worker’s Compensation, Etc.)

-          Current Heat and Electric Bills including current shut off or disconnect notices, if applicable

Free Rabies Clinic at North Buffalo Community Center

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage III (D-Buffalo) would like to encourage residents to take advantage of an upcoming Erie County Department of Health 2015 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 28, 2015 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.

Erie County Legislator Peter Savage to Initiate Fact-Finding Concerning E-Cigarettes

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage, III (D-Buffalo) has introduced a resolution calling on the Erie County Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee to conduct  fact-finding sessions to enable stakeholders in the public health and electronic cigarettes industry, as well as county government, to address the issues concerning electronic cigarettes and vapor lounges. 

The Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York have already amended their clean indoor air acts and related legislation to include the ban of electronic cigarettes in venues and areas that are currently designated as 100% smoke-free, and this resolution will begin the process of vetting the issue in public to determine if any changes are necessary to the current laws in Erie County.

Legislator Savage said, "No one objects to reasonable measures that assist people to quit smoking; however we must also be mindful of the unintended consequences that may also impact public health, such as the use of these devices in public places and the accidental or recreational use by children and young people."

  For more information please contact Legislator Peter J. Savage III at (716) 832-0493 or Peter.Savage@erie.gov .

Erie County Legislature Supports State Legislation to Modernize the State Education Law and Empower Students with Certain Medical Conditions

Buffalo, NY- The Erie County Legislature, at a regular session held in “Old County Hall”  on Thursday, September 4, 2014, unanimously passed a resolution, submitted by Peter J. Savage, III (D-Buffalo), encouraging the Governor to sign state legislation (Senate Bill S7758-2013 and Assembly Bill A9334-2013) that will empower students in the State of New York in their own health care by authorizing students to bring to school or school events the critical health care medications or devices that are prescribed by their health care provider.

Legislator Savage said, “This sensible legislation will help to ensure that children who suffer from food allergies and other medical conditions will have the immediate access to critically needed medicines such as an epinephrine auto injector.”

This legislation would allow students to self- administer treatment and also empowers school personnel to be trained by licensed health care providers to assist students in the event of an emergency, when seconds can really matter in saving the life of a young person.  The Legislation specifically holds school districts harmless in terms of legal and financial liability due to the implementation of this legislation.

Peter Savage Honors Evelyn Vossler as the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month

Buffalo, NY- At a legislative session held Thursday, June 26, 2014, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage recognized Evelyn Vossler as the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month for June 2014.

“It is my great honor to recognize Evelyn Vossler for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Riverside and Black Rock communities,” said Legislator Savage. “Evelyn’s dedicated commitment to our community is an inspiration to us all, and is worthy of recognition.” 

Evelyn Vossler has been a community activist for over 20 years, dedicated to improving the lives of Riverside and Black Rock residents through her civic and church activities at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo.  Evelyn is president of Rediscover Riverside and treasurer of the Black Rock-Riverside Alliance.  She is the current co-chair of the Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance, serving as member for over ten years.

In receiving the award, Evelyn said, “I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of our neighborhood.  There are a lot of people working together to make our community a better place and we are seeing great progress as a result.”

Evelyn is an active member of the 21st Ward Association, Black Rock Historical Society, Spotlight Tonawanda Street and serves with her husband Jim as the City of Buffalo North District Housing Court Liaison.

Evelyn is the loving wife to her husband Jim, and also a devoted mother to Michael, loving stepmother to Ron, Brandi and Erik, proud grandmother of fourteen and great-grandmother of three.  Legislator Savage presented Evelyn with a signed proclamation at session, followed by a reception with her family, friends, and community leaders.