ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATOR
Peter Savage is the Erie County Legislator for the 3rd Legislative District which includes the Black Rock, Riverside, North Buffalo, Village of Kenmore, and Town of Tonawanda communities. Since his appointment and election to the Erie County Legislature in 2014, Legislator Savage has distinguished himself as an effective and responsive leader for the community, helping to secure significant funding for cultural organizations, libraries, and critical infrastructure projects. Legislator Savage was elected Chair of the Legislature in January of 2018 after Democrats retook the majority in the 2017 election.
Recognized for his “hands on” leadership style and accessibility, Legislator Savage led the effort to address the longstanding drainage issues at the Kenmore Avenue viaduct at the gateway to Riverside, and played a key role in the recent improvements at Black Rock Canal Park, and the recently opened Tonawanda Rails to Trails Project. He also was the lead sponsor to Erie County’s new public health law restricting the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping in indoor public places, and sponsored much needed legislation requiring pawn shops to be licensed and to hold property prior to resale to help ensure it was not stolen.
A 2003 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, Legislator Savage is also a practicing attorney with 13 years of experience. Prior to his service on the Erie County Legislature, he worked in local government for 19 years, most recently serving as the City of Buffalo’s Senior Deputy Corporation Counsel where he was the second managing attorney for the city’s legal department, and assisted in the negotiation of the HarborCenter project. Legislator Savage has also worked as the Buffalo Housing Court Prosecutor, prosecuting thousands of quality of life cases on behalf of the community, and served as counsel to the Buffalo Common Council, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
A lifelong resident of the City of Buffalo, Legislator Savage was born and raised on the West Side and is currently a homeowner in North Buffalo, where he lives with his wife, Leila, and their two daughters, Molly and Erin.