Democrats Unanimously Endorse
April Baskin for Erie County Legislature
Education advocate will run for 2nd District seat on a platform to alleviate poverty, empower community youth, and create more shared opportunity.
In a tremendous display of unity, Democratic committee members of the 2nd Legislative District unanimously endorsed political newcomer, April Baskin for Erie County Legislator last week.
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Democratic Committee,” said Baskin. “The chance to add a fresh perspective to a legislative body where only three women are currently serving is remarkable. My great uncle, legendary community activist Johnnie B. Wiley, inspired my dedication to developing the inherent potential in our people and neighborhoods. As a county legislator, I will work to ensure fairness in economic development and to unify residents in all parts of the district so that we can enjoy our fair share of our city’s newfound renaissance.”
“It truly is remarkable,” said Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner. “April has a great energy about her. She inspired the committee to unanimously support her because they see her as the right direction for the future.”
Baskin is a single mother, graduate student at Buffalo State College, and native of the West Side who founded The College Simulation Experience in 2014, an educational initiative dedicated to improving college retention rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since beginning the program, April has successfully fundraised over $10,000. Her program has awarded $2,500 in scholarships and serviced 1,700 youth in both Erie and Niagara County to date; providing them with college readiness and workforce development. She has received praise from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
•From 2005-2014, April taught Arts Education and Violence Prevention in public schools throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn.
• From 2014-2016, she served Erie County as an AmeriCorps member. In her time with AmeriCorps, April developed community initiatives with D'Youville College's Upward Bound where she guided immigrant and refugee students towards college readiness. April also worked with Explore and More Children's Museum's Canalside to develop their new Junior Docent Program. In her final term of AmeriCorps service, April managed community involvement projects for The Resource Council of WNY; a revitalization of the old Humboldt Park YMCA.
• She is a member of The Urban League's Young Professionals as well as the NAACP Buffalo chapter. She also serves on Buffalo's Poverty Task Force collective.
• April is a 2017 recipient of the UPOP Ministries "Woman Touching the World" award, and will be honored with the Entrepreneur of 2017 Award by the Urban League Young Professionals on May 27th.
Ms. Baskin is a graduate of The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts with a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY Empire State College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Buffalo State College.
Other candidates seeking the endorsement last Wednesday in the race for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant, included Duncan Kirkwood, WNY Advocacy Manager for theNortheast Charter Schools Network; former Council Member At LargeCharley H. Fisher III; and Murray Holman of the Stop The Violence Coalition.