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Councilman Flynn

Councilman Flynn Town Councilman in Orchard Park, New York

Liaison to:

Conservation Board
Architectural Overlay District Board
Ethics Board
Historic Preservation Board
Library Board
Village of Orchard Park
Employee Safety and Training Committee
Tree Conservancy and Planting Committees
Refuse and Recycling
Parks Department
Recreation Department
Highway Department
Building and Grounds Department
Compost Facility

Operating as usual

Thank you to Councilmember Joe Liberti and surprise guest Highway Superintendent Andy Slotman for joining my Councilmemb...
01/07/2023

Thank you to Councilmember Joe Liberti and surprise guest Highway Superintendent Andy Slotman for joining my Councilmember on Your Corner program this morning!

“I am proud to have worked with Sen. Sean Ryan to secure this funding for the residents of Orchard Park. The senator car...
01/05/2023
Ryan secures state grant to fund recreation improvements in OP - Orchard Park Bee

“I am proud to have worked with Sen. Sean Ryan to secure this funding for the residents of Orchard Park. The senator cares about recreation and making Orchard Park a wonderful place to live,” said Councilman Conor Flynn. “This funding will directly improve the lives of our working families and seniors. Thank you to Sen. Ryan; the Town of Orchard Park owes you a debt of gratitude for helping to move these projects forward.”

State Sen. Sean Ryan, who represented Orchard Park in the state Senate until the end of 2022, announced that he has secured $64,500 in funding from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to fund improvement projects at the Brush Mountain Park community activity center. The improvements inc...

A little New Year’s Eve surprise 🥂 🍾  🎉:I worked with State Senator Sean M. Ryan’s office to secure $64,500 for upgrades...
12/31/2022

A little New Year’s Eve surprise 🥂 🍾 🎉:

I worked with State Senator Sean M. Ryan’s office to secure $64,500 for upgrades at the Orchard Park Community Activity Center!

This money will fund:

- Construction of Bocce Ball Courts,
- Construction of a real sign at the entrance to the CAC
- Accessible playground swings.

Please join me in thanking Senator Ryan!

State of Emergency and Travel Advisory in Town/Village ended this morning.
12/28/2022

State of Emergency and Travel Advisory in Town/Village ended this morning.

Driving ban lifted. Travel advisory in place.
12/26/2022

Driving ban lifted. Travel advisory in place.

12/25/2022

Merry Christmas!

It should be fairly obvious since I can’t see my neighbor’s house, but there is still a driving ban in effect. Help first responders do their job!

Follow the Town of Orchard Park Police page during the storm for official updates.

12/24/2022

I spoke with our Chief of Police, Pat Fitzgerald. Three things:

1. Merry Christmas Eve.
2. It may look fine outside but it’s going to get bad in a hurry so please stay off the road. You will get stuck. That’s why there is still a driving ban.
3. For official updates please follow the Town of Orchard Park Police Department page.

12/15/2022

I'm hosting another Councilmember on your Corner. This time, Councilmember Joe Liberti will be joining me. Hope to see you there!

Date: 1/7/2022
Time: 8 am
Place: Spot Coffee, Orchard Park Upstairs Level

12/14/2022
12/08/2022

Thankful to receive the support of the other councilmembers on my below resolution recognizing and thanking those that helped during the November storm of 2022. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF OP POLICE AND HIGHWAY WORKERS FOR THEIR WORK DURING THE WINTER STORM EVENT OF NOVEMBER, 2022

WHEREAS, between November 17th and November 19th a lake effect winter snow event deposited over six feet of snow in the Town of Orchard Park. The Town of Orchard Park was at the epicenter of this regional snow event.

WHEREAS, Orchard Park Police, Highway, and Emergency Management employees, Orchard Park School District employees, and many volunteers worked around the clock for the entirety of the storm and after to keep our community safe. While the rest of us stayed safe indoors, these employees no volunteers were sleeping for a few hours at a time and were away from their families for extended periods in order to keep our community safe.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Orchard Park Town Board formally recognizes and thanks Orchard Park Police, Orchard Park Highway, Orchard Park Emergency Management, and the many volunteers that helped for their exceptional efforts during the winter storm event of November 2022

Great work by my friend Mayor Eddie Sundquist! Ma*****na sales by licensed entities are legal in the Town of Orchard Par...
12/07/2022
This small New York town is going all-in on legal cannabis

Great work by my friend Mayor Eddie Sundquist!

Ma*****na sales by licensed entities are legal in the Town of Orchard Park, however they are restricted to a few industrial lots in Town. Don’t worry, the fight is not over! I am hopeful that the law is challenged and overturned, expanding sales outside of the “adult use zones” to which they are currently limited.

Orchard Park should be open for business!

The city of Jamestown, once known as a manufacturing hub, has been taking steps to revitalize the town on the promise of a legal, regulated ma*****na market.

12/02/2022

Go Bills.

11/21/2022

The Bills win yesterday would not have happened without Orchard Park residents literally digging Bills players, coaches, and staff out of their homes.

As you’ll hear from residents that are upset with me at Town Board meetings or on campaign mailings, I’m not an OP “lifer.” I moved here in 2017 with my wife because her family was here and I knew it was a nice place to live.

I am continuously impressed with how incredible the residents of this great Town are, and I’m proud to count myself as a member of the community today. Young families looking for places to live should put OP at the top of their list. These are the kind of neighbors you want to have.

11/20/2022

Driving ban in the Town of Orchard Park ends at midnight. Travel advisory continues.

11/19/2022

There have been power outages in the Village of Orchard Park. I know how frustrating that is; I am a Village resident.

Neither the Town nor the Village deliver electricity to residents in the Village of Orchard Park (or the Town for that matter). If you are having issues with electricity anywhere in OP please contact NYSEG at 800-572-1131.

If you try to drive right now in and around Orchard Park you will get stranded. If you get stranded it will be difficult...
11/18/2022

If you try to drive right now in and around Orchard Park you will get stranded. If you get stranded it will be difficult to impossible for emergency services to get to you. Slowly freezing in your car is no way to die, and that has happened in the past with major snow events.

Please stay off the roads.

***UPDATE SUNDAY, 11/20 RT 219 WILL RE-OPEN AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT***

***ROUTE 219 IS CLOSED***

PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS! GATES ARE BEGINNING TO BE PUT DOWN AT ENTRANCES. YOU WILL GET STUCK ON ANY ROADWAY YOU ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ON. PLOWS, POLICE, AND EVEN AWD VEHICLES ARE GETTING STUCK! TOW TRUCKS ARE LIMITED.

10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! 💀🎃👻🍬

For years I have supported creating a permitting structure for residential parking lots for stadium events. We have a pe...
10/29/2022
Town officials discuss potential code changes for residential lots near stadium - Orchard Park Bee

For years I have supported creating a permitting structure for residential parking lots for stadium events. We have a permitting structure in place for businesses parking cars on commercial lots, but we don’t currently have a permit process for businesses parking cars on residential lots. We want to make sure that residential lots are held to the high standard for public safety that commercial lots are held to.

The Buffalo Bills are off to a 5-1 start and fan interest and excitement is palpable. But with that has caused a few problems that are worrying town officials, mainly residential parking lots that shouldn’t be operating, a party atmosphere in and around the stadium for days at a time and a litany ...

Happy to pass a resolution supporting a Community Benefits Agreement in conjunction with Councilmember Mombrea.
10/28/2022
Town passes resolution supporting stadium community benefits agreement - Orchard Park Bee

Happy to pass a resolution supporting a Community Benefits Agreement in conjunction with Councilmember Mombrea.

The Town of Orchard Park has passed a resolution in support of a community benefits agreement for the new Buffalo Bills stadium that highlights the hope that police overtime for stadium events and the D.A.R.E. program will see some type of financial contribution within the agreement. A community ben...

My absolute favorite part of the stadium renderings are the accuracy. A 24 - 3 lead on the Jets and a combination of win...
10/27/2022

My absolute favorite part of the stadium renderings are the accuracy. A 24 - 3 lead on the Jets and a combination of winter hats and short sleeves among attendees.

I had the privilege of attending this informative and engaging event yesterday. What would you like to see done in Orcha...
10/23/2022
Are laws enough? Daylong session looks for solutions to gun violence

I had the privilege of attending this informative and engaging event yesterday.

What would you like to see done in Orchard Park?

Judges and other legal and criminal justice experts weighed in on the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down New York's longstanding law requiring a permit, and justification, for gun owners to carry a concealed weapon in public.

Photos from Town of Orchard Park Police Department's post
10/19/2022

Photos from Town of Orchard Park Police Department's post

Join me next Wednesday night at 7 at this great event with local faith leaders. The event will be at St. Mark's Episcopa...
10/19/2022

Join me next Wednesday night at 7 at this great event with local faith leaders. The event will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 6595 E Quaker St, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

"Race and White Fragility: An Honest Talk in Orchard Park"

From the hosts:

“Now more than ever in Western New York, we need to be able to talk about race in a conscientious way that moves our culture forward, inspiring actions that truly make a difference. Nanette D. Massey is a writer and workshop facilitator from Buffalo's East Side, just a half mile away from the devastation left by the supermarket shooting of May 14th. Nanette will be leading Orchard Park in a session starting with describing the basic principles of Robin DiAngelo's New York Times Bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Race. Then we'll open up for questions and dialogue. Pastor Wylie Hughes of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and Father Jack Marshal of St. Mark's Episocpal Church invite you to gather with us in good faith for a fresh and innovative take on this age-old subject. Copies of Diangelo's book will be available for purchase. Contact Fr. Marshal or Pastor Hughes to acquire copies in advance. Light refreshments will be served.”

“The easier it is for customers to buy their w**d at a legal shop, the more likely they'll get it there, studies show. I...
10/18/2022
Will legal w**d rid NY of black market sales? Some states have done better than others

“The easier it is for customers to buy their w**d at a legal shop, the more likely they'll get it there, studies show. In turn, the more people that are shopping at legitimate dispensaries, the more effectively street-level drug dealers are wiped out.”

New York is one in a long line of states and countries to legalize pot, which gives it the benefit of seeing how things have been done elsewhere – following what works and tossing what doesn't.

10/10/2022

Go Bills.

In 2019 I promised Orchard Park residents that I would never vote to go above the NYS-mandated property tax cap. In 2020...
10/06/2022
Ad valorem budget shows 1.81% tax levy increase; spending plan under the tax cap - Orchard Park Bee

In 2019 I promised Orchard Park residents that I would never vote to go above the NYS-mandated property tax cap. In 2020, I voted against going over the tax cap. In 2021, I didn’t need to vote on it because the tentative budget was below the tax cap. I am glad to see that the Supervisor has again this year presented a tentative budget below the tax cap.

Additionally, I’m glad to see that funding for two additional school resource officers for elementary schools has been included in the tentative budget. At the Town level we are limited in what we can do to limit the sale of assault weapons. I’m fully supportive of the Supervisor’s plan to do what’s in our power, in conjunction with the School District, to protect our students.

The Town of Orchard Park’s 2023 ad valorem or tentative budget – which was released on Sept. 30 – shows a 1.81% tax levy increase, keeping the spending plan under the tax cap. Because the budget is under the 2% tax cap, it marks the second consecutive town spending plan to be under the cap.

Estimated due dates for Town Budget process. Get involved with your Town’s budget! The Town Board is expected to formall...
10/04/2022

Estimated due dates for Town Budget process. Get involved with your Town’s budget!

The Town Board is expected to formally receive the Supervisor’s tentative budget at tomorrow’s Town Board meeting.

Bills Mafia is here and turning this into Orchard Park South.
09/08/2022

Bills Mafia is here and turning this into Orchard Park South.

Happy birthday yesterday to our Governor Kathy Hochul!
08/28/2022

Happy birthday yesterday to our Governor Kathy Hochul!

Happy national dog day to those that celebrate!
08/26/2022

Happy national dog day to those that celebrate!

Minor correction on this story: I said that the Town *should* be increasing residential density around the Village. Ther...
08/25/2022
Taylor Road parcels rezoned to development and research - Orchard Park Bee

Minor correction on this story: I said that the Town *should* be increasing residential density around the Village. There are three reasons behind this.

First, residential density is the foundation upon which walkable retail/commercial is built. For example, residents (myself included) want to see a market at the old Orchard Fresh location, or more shops and bars in the Village but there needs to be a business case for a company to make the investment. A higher volume of consumers within walking distance makes that business case much stronger. The Village is doing what it can; the Town should help.

Second, high-density mixed use residential is a better return on public investment than single family housing. In general, the Town gains tax revenue for every dollar it spends on infrastructure for high density residential, commercial, and light industrial, and it actually has a negative ROI for each single family home built. And no, we shouldn’t build apartment complexes next to your four bedroom house in Eagle Heights or Birdsong: High-density residential doesn’t fit the character of the community in subdivisions on the outer rings of Town, but it does in the areas surrounding the boundaries of the Village.

Third, we have to align our housing strategy with the way Erie County distributes sales tax revenue to Towns. If you buy a six pack at the Tops in the Town on your way to the Bills game, the local sales tax goes to a pot controlled by the County, not to the Town. The County then distributes that sales tax revenue to Towns based on (1) assessed value and (2) population size. Increasing population size will help drive more of that sales tax revenue to the Town, but we have to increase population size in a smart way that increases density around the village while maintaining the quaint, rural character of the outer rings of Town.

After two months of discussions among the Town Board, residents of the Pleasant Acres West subdivision and the Economic Development Committee, the board voted to rezone two parcels on Taylor Road – totaling around 20 acres – from residential to development and research. The two properties are th...

“The new owners of the stadium, if they support police, then it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is ...
08/25/2022
Town, county officials address need for police overtime at the stadium to be covered - Orchard Park Bee

“The new owners of the stadium, if they support police, then it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is and actually fund them,” Flynn said.

Two weeks ago, Orchard Park was the nexus point for entertainment in Western New York. Aug. 10 brought Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to Highmark Stadium. The next day it was Metallica holding court at the venue. And to round out the slate was the Buffalo Bills pr...

1 in every 5 Americans are predicted to be aged 65 or older by 2030—which is troubling when paired with the data from Sm...
08/20/2022

1 in every 5 Americans are predicted to be aged 65 or older by 2030—which is troubling when paired with the data from Smart Growth America below.

More people are being killed while walking on our streets. Read the sombering  report at
08/19/2022
Dangerous by Design 2022

More people are being killed while walking on our streets. Read the sombering report at

The COVID pandemic magnified what we’ve always known: Our nation’s streets are dangerous by design.Released today, Dangerous By Design 2022 provides the most up-to-date look at the preventable epidemic of people struck and killed while walking. The report ranks the most dangerous states and metr...

Letter: Orchard Park is another example of preservation
08/19/2022
Letter: Orchard Park is another example of preservation

Letter: Orchard Park is another example of preservation

Regarding The News’ recent editorial focusing on the importance of cooperation in preserving our local historic structures. Orchard Park provides an example of how such an arrangement can work.

Photos from Assemblyman Patrick B. Burke's post
08/11/2022

Photos from Assemblyman Patrick B. Burke's post

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