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The Erie County Department of Health will be holding a free rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and ferrets on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 from 3-7 pm at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd, Buffalo.


Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage, III (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) is announcing that two HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) outreach sessions for the third legislative district will be held.

The first outreach session will be held at...

Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage participated in Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony for Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) new Emergency and Trauma Center. 

On March 15, 2018 Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage, presented Thomas and Alice Eoannou with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for March 2018, in recognition of their pivotal...

Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter J. Savage, III was joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn to announce his support for passage of the Child Victims Act. The bill would empower...

Leg. Peter Savage & D.A. John Flynn

The Lawmaker Has Submitted a Resolution Asking New York State to Amend the Burglary Law to Include Car Break-Ins.


Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage, III announces that he has submitted a resolution to his colleagues in the Legislature calling on New York State to pass legislation allowing for “car pops” to be prosecuted as Felony Burglaries.

New York State law currently limits prosecutions for burglary to homes or buildings, leaving lesser charges such as misdemeanor larceny for car break-ins and no real consequences.

“These crimes are a major quality of life issue throughout Erie County,” says Legislator Savage. “Not only is property being stolen, but there is often expensive vehicle damage left behind, as well as a violation of privacy and an overall unsafe feeling in our neighborhoods.”

According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, there were 3801 reported car break-ins in the City of Buffalo over the last two years and 147 arrests. Of those arrested, thirteen individuals were repeat offenders with one defendant arrested as many as 8 times.

Legislator Savage believes the stiffer penalties from a Felony Burglary charge would be a better deterrent.

“We need to stop the revolving door of justice on these cases,” says Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.  “We are open to new tools to help reduce the recidivism rate.”

Several other states, including Florida and nearby New Jersey and Ohio have instituted similar legislation to include motor vehicles in its definition of burglary.