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Peter J. Savage, III 
District 3

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

Email: Peter.Savage@erie.gov

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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.