Press Releases

Assemblyman Burke Announces Dangerousness Hearings Legislation

Today, Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-South Buffalo) announced his intent to introduce a new iteration of his “Justice for Rachael” legislation that will allow criminal prosecutors to request a dangerousness hearing to determine whether or not defendants...

Western New York Legislators Pass Legislation to Eliminate ‘Gay Panic’ and ‘Trans Panic’ Defenses

Assemblymembers Pat Burke (D-Buffalo), Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton), Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) and Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced passage of legislation to ban the use of the so-called “gay panic” defense. The legislation prevents...

Assemblyman Burke: Let Local Brewers and Distillers Concentrate on Their Work, Not Paperwork

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he sponsored and helped pass legislation that would allow breweries and distilleries in New York to file tax returns electronically (A.6642). “There’s nothing better while watching the Bills play...

Assemblyman Burke: Vaccinations Protect Our Children from Dangerous Diseases

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that legislation he co-sponsored to repeal all nonmedical exemptions from vaccination requirements for children passed the Assembly (A.2371-A). “Children across New York State are falling prey to preventable...

Assemblyman Burke: Summer Reading Challenge Helps Young Readers Explore New Worlds

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) is encouraging Buffalo children to participate in the Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge, held in partnership with New York State libraries and local schools. The event starts in July and invites young readers to...

Assemblyman Burke: Free Sportsman Licenses Shows Gratitude to Veterans and Their Families

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that legislation to provide veterans and their families access to free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, including one Burke sponsored befitting Gold Star families, have passed out of the Assembly Environmental...

Assemblyman Burke and Assemblymember Wallace Express Opposition to Green Light Bill

In a statement expressing opposition to the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (A.3675-A), otherwise known as the Green Light bill, Burke and Wallace call on federal government to find solutions to immigration system. “The ‘Green Light’...

Assemblyman Burke’s Bill Extends DEC Oversight of Fishing in State Waters

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that legislation he sponsored to help protect freshwater resources in New York passed the Assembly (A.7689). The measure would allow the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to continue...

Assemblyman Burke Passes Legislation Strengthening Rights of New Yorkers with Disabilities

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he helped pass a series of bills to strengthen the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities in recognition of this year’s Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, May 29. “Far too often, people...

Assemblyman Burke Continues Environmental Protection Efforts

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he helped pass a series of bills to protect our environment and promote a more sustainable future for New York State in recognition of Earth Day, which was April 22.“This planet is our home, and we...

Assemblyman Burke Spearheads Legislation to Expand Support for Child Victims

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he introduced and passed legislation allowing more child victims to receive compensation from the state Office of Victim Services (OVS) for costs such as mental health counseling (A.7051).“Child victims...

Assemblyman Burke: Assembly Budget Proposal Supports Students, WNY Communities

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that the Assembly budget proposal boosts education spending, protects a critical state funding source for town and village governments and finances infrastructure projects across the state. “Our budget...

Assemblyman Burke Proposes ‘Lake Erie Bill of Rights’ to Protect Lake From Harmful Pollution

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he introduced legislation granting Lake Erie the legal right to exist, which would allow citizens to sue on the lake’s behalf if it is in danger of major environmental harm (A.6313). “Lake Erie...

Assemblymember Burke Named Chair of Subcommittee on DEC Oversight

Assemblymember Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he has been appointed chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Oversight of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).“In the Assembly, we want to ensure that New York State is taking every...

Assemblymember Burke: High-Stakes Testing Shouldn’t Determine Teacher Evaluations

Assemblymember Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he helped pass legislation removing the mandate that state-created or administered assessments be used for teacher and principal evaluations, leaving the decision about what evaluation system works best...

Assemblymember Burke Continues Fight Against Conversion Therapy for Minors

Assemblymember Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced he helped pass legislation to ban mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change the sexual orientation of a patient, known as “conversion therapy,” when the person is under the...

Assemblymember Burke Passes Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Democracy in New York

Assemblymember Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he helped pass a series of bills to help more New Yorkers exercise their right to vote and help prevent unscrupulous special interests from influencing elections.  “Far too often, people are...