Democrats in Buffalo’s Fillmore District today unanimously/overwhelmingly nominated Mitchell Nowakowski to succeed long-time Buffalo Common Councilmember David A. Franczyk.

Nowakowski, 27, is a legislative assistant with the Council’s central staff and was previously an aide to Councilmember David A. Rivera.

“Strong neighborhoods are instrumental to a vibrant, successful City, and from Allentown to Lower Westside, Marine Drive to Larkin, the Old First Ward to Broadway, I will work hard to bring new life and opportunities to every part of this district, said Nowakowski”

“My five years working to address quality of life issues, helping constituents battle slum lords, assisting police officers work closely with residents and business owners, embracing and assisting in the assimilation of refugees now reinvigorating our neighborhoods, and fighting to make City Hall accessible make me the only candidate ready to hit the ground running,” Nowakowski said.

Nowakowski promised to “defend Common Council as a co-equal branch of City government.

“I also want to thank David Franczyk for his long, distinguished service to the people of Buffalo, and I look forward to continuing his legacy of independent leadership.”

“Mitch is an outstanding candidate, and he is a great addition to the exciting class of new leaders emerging in our party,” Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said. “He has the experience and extensive knowledge of city government to be the strong voice the Fillmore District needs and deserves.

“Mitch has the confidence of our elected committee members, and we are proud to stand with him as he launches his campaign for Common Council.”

In his role with central staff, Nowakowski assists with the researching and writing of legislation

and setting the Common Council’s agenda. He also helps constituents navigate city government in order to resolve issues involving Housing Court, Permits and Inspections, Public Works, Streets and Sanitation, Zoning and Planning, and more.

Nowakowski holds a Bachelor’s from Buffalo State College. He is a former union steward for AFSCME Local 1095 and a past board member of the Erie County Senior Services Advisory Board. He currently sits on the Erie County Youth Board and represents Buffalo with Equality New York.