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About Mitch

The Fillmore District encompasses many distinct and diverse neighborhoods: Allentown, the Lower Westside, Marine Drive, the Old First Ward, the Valley, Broadway-Fillmore and Genesee–Moselle. Strong, healthy neighborhoods are instrumental to the success of the City of Buffalo. As Council Member, Mitch advocates and fights for every neighborhood and every resident in the Fillmore District.

Before being elected to the Common Council, Mitch had years of experience working for the Council, where he served as a Legislative Aide. His service began as an aide to Majority Leader David Rivera before being promoted to Council Staff. Knowledge of the Council and relationships with many City Departments before even being sworn in has given him the tools to be an effective leader and take swift action on many issues and community needs.

While working for Majority Leader Rivera in 2015, Mitch helped create and get passed an anti-discrimination ordinance to better protect transgender people from discrimination in the City of Buffalo.

Fighting for people is Mitch’s passion, from affordable and sustainable development and funding for streets and parks, to the preservation of our historic neighborhoods and the inclusion of ALL Buffalonians. He remains an open minded and committed lawmaker, eager to work with a diverse constituency to improve the community together.

He holds an A.A.S. from Erie Community College and a B.A. from Buffalo State College in Urban Planning & Political Science.

Mitch has served as a former elected Union steward for AFSCME Local 1095 and a past board member for the Boys and Girls Club, the Erie County Senior Services Advisory Board, the Erie County Youth Board and Equality New York. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Goodwill.

Mitch owns a home on the Lower West Side in downtown Buffalo which he shares with his partner, Gary.

Mitch Nowakowski
Mitch Nowakowski for Buffalo Common Council - Fillmore District