A swearing-in ceremony was held tonight at the Buffalo Irish Center for Assemblyman Patrick B. Burke. New York State Court of Appeals Judge Eugene M. Fahey administered the oath to Burke, who was joined on the dais by his wife and three children.

“I am honored to take my place in one of the strongest Democratic delegations that Western New York has ever sent to Albany, and I am looking forward to getting to work for the people of the 142nd District,” said Burke, who was elected to his first term in the Assembly this past November.

“We ran a grassroots, people-powered campaign, and I plan to take that energy with me to Albany,” Burke continued. “There is a new sense of pride and accomplishment in Western New York, and we feel confident that we can achieve the goals we set forth during the campaign.”

Burke was a Legislator for five years prior to his election to the Assembly. While serving the people of Erie County, Burke pursued an agenda focused on reform and tangible results. He fought for an improved apprenticeship bill that provides local workers with the education and skills training they need to succeed in construction trades, a ban on smoking in a vehicle with children, a million-dollar emergency fund to combat the opioid crisis, and the first comprehensive microbead ban in the nation.