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NYS Assemblyman Patrick Burke Introduces Great Lakes Bill of Rights

Buffalo, NY – New York State Assemblyman Patrick Burke has introduced legislation that will create a Great Lakes Bill of Rights with the goal of securing legal rights for the entire ecosystem and giving people and nature a role in the decision-making...

Stadium Deal Needs Community Benefits Agreement

With another Bills season now in the rearview mirror, the focus in the coming weeks and months will completely shift from wins and losses to the ongoing stadium negotiations between the Pegulas, Erie County and New York State. As I’ve mentioned...

Commuter Rail to Southtowns Should Accompany New Stadium Plan

The worst-kept secret in sports economics is that constructing shiny multibillion-dollar stadiums rarely delivers significant impact to the economy of the surrounding community. A recent story from the Investigative Post explained that building a new...

Assemblyman Burke’s Bill Would Ensure Buffalo Bills Stadium Discussions are Open, Transparent

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he introduced legislation requiring the advisory committee tasked with determining potential sites for a new Buffalo Bills stadium to follow the state’s open meetings law (A.8261). “Western...

Assemblyman Burke’s Letter to Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker

Assemblyman Burke Passes Legislation to Prevent Infectious Disease Outbreaks at Nursing Homes

The legislation passed yesterday (A.6057-A) will create an audit checklist that evaluates the competency of nursing homes in relation to infection control, personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing, clinical care and communication. “When an...

Assemblyman Burke: Skyway Demolition was Ill Conceived; Real Transformation is Restoring Humboldt Parkway and Rebuilding Buffalo’s Long-Lost Electrified Streetcar System

“I was thrilled to see that the organizing efforts of my team and the hard work of the Skyway Club paid off today with the news that the parties leading the charge to tear down the Skyway are backing away from the issue for the time being. I have...

Assemblyman Burke Passes Legislation Aiming to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics on College Campuses

Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that a bill he sponsored to encourage the elimination of single-use plastics on SUNY and CUNY campuses has passed the Assembly (A.7564). The bill would require the boards of trustees for SUNY and CUNY schools...

Assemblyman Burke Secures Funding for Western New York Domestic Violence Programs

Assemblyman Patrick Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he helped secure $50,000 in funding for the University at Buffalo School of Law – Family Violence & Women’s Rights (FVWR) Clinic and $100,000 for the Family Justice Center of Erie County...

Assemblyman Burke Passes Safe Staffing Legislation to Better Protect Western NY Nurses and Patients

Assemblyman Patrick Burke (D-Buffalo) announced that he passed legislation to improve nurse staffing levels in New York State health care facilities and increase accountability and transparency at hospitals, a cause he’s been fighting for since...
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