Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson

Legislator Howard Johnson was born and raised in the City of Buffalo. He believes that the renaissance taking place in Buffalo and Erie County should benefit everyone.  As a Legislator, Howard is committed to expanding economic opportunities for all residents of his district, especially for minority business owners. He is also passionate about public transportation and knows it is a vital resource allowing residents of the first legislative district to access high-quality goods and services to live healthy, productive lives.

As a veteran of the US Army National Guard (10 years honorable service), he has always been called to public service. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has previously worked in financial services at M&T Bank and HSBC Bank. Most recently, Legislator Johnson served as a management consultant for the Erie County Division of Budget and Management.

Legislator Johnson currently chairs the Public Safety, Economic Development, and Minority and Women-Owned Business Committees.

2020 was a difficult and challenging year, but our neighborhoods were strong and united and Howard Johnson delivered for our community:

  • Fought for the development of the Back to Business Program, which delivered $6.2 million in funding to minority owned small businesses.
  • Safeguarded the legislature’s Urban Initiative Funding, which will invest $350,000 in public projects throughout District 1. 
  • Secured free masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the residents of District 1.  
  • Worked with his colleagues in government to locate testing centers in our neighborhoods. 
  • Hosted a successful food drive at the Broadway Market.
  • Worked with Unity Coalition Inc. to provide nutritious fresh food to seniors in the district on a weekly basis.  
  • Held a backpack drive at the Central Terminal. 
  • Ensured that our neighbors were counted in the once-a- decade Census which, allows us to obtain the federal dollars that our community so desperately needs.