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


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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.

 

Bill Buyers began his career in Public Service at 18-years-old in 1948 with the City of Buffalo, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army serving as an Infantry Paratrooper with the rank of Sergeant in the 11th Airborne Division. Upon his return to Buffalo in 1953, Bill worked for the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, and was awarded “Most Outstanding Police Officer” by the Niagara Frontier Press Club in 1957. 

 

As the Human Resources Commissioner under Mayor Griffin, Bill focused his energies on improving recreational and educational opportunities for youth.  Under Mayors Masiello and Brown, he initiated and built the Mayor’s Impact Team, a fast response unit comprised of manpower, equipment, and resources from Public Works, Streets, Strategic Planning, Sewer Authority, Inspections, Law and other City departments as needed to clean vacant lots, bring derelict properties into code compliance, improve the quality of life, and help to develop pride in neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo. The Impact Team has lived up to its name and has been recognized around the State and the Country as a Best Practice Initiative by a Municipality that now has been copied throughout the nation.