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Michael H. Kooshoian chosen to fill vacant seat in Erie County Legislature


Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 01:20 pm

Seat was vacated by Chimera following appointment to deputy county executive role

On Thursday, Nov. 17, Michael H. Kooshoian was sworn-in to represent the 3rd District of the Erie County Legislature. Democrats in the district chose Kooshoian to replace Lisa M. Chimera, following her appointment to deputy county executive. The legislature’s Democratic caucus approved Kooshoian unanimously.

“I can truly say this district has been home to me my entire life, from growing up in north Buffalo, to raising my own family in the Town of Tonawanda,” Kooshoian said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent my hometown district and neighbors in the county legislature, and grateful to my fellow committee members for placing their trust in me.”

The new legislator was sworn in by Buffalo City Court Judge Peter Savage, III, who preceded Chimera as 3rd District legislator.

Kooshoian formerly served as assistant Erie County district attorney, and most recently as attorney for the Town of Tonawanda. Graduating from SUNY Geneseo, and earning a law degree from SUNY Buffalo, Kooshoian heads the Erie County Bar Association’s justice courts committee.

Kooshoian will complete Chimera’s elected term and seek election to a full, two-year stint in November 2023. He will also oversee the district, as new boundaries take effect. The new 3rd District will replace the south-east neighborhoods, while shifting to include Grand Island.

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