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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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Email: Peter.Savage@erie.gov

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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. ”

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.