Charles M. "Chuck" Swanick is Chairman of the Erie County Legislature and has served with distinction as a legislator since 1980. Born and raised in the Town of Tonawanda, Chuck graduated from Kenmore East High School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University at Buffalo and an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Niagara County Community College.
Throughout his career, Legislator Swanick has served as Chair of the Legislature's Health and Energy and Environment committees, vice chairing the Economic Development Committee; and sitting on the Public Safety Committee. Legislator Swanick has been chairman of the Agricultural and Farmland Protectin Board (formerly known as the Agricultural District Advisory Committee) since 1982.
Legislator Swanick's office has been involved in helping or improving conditions for all those he represents. Whether it is securing county funding for road reconstruction projects such as Two Mile Creek Road, Elmwood Avenue, or Baseline Road, helping the smaller not-for-profit organization with aid or sponsoring numerous outreach sites for senior citizens, Swanick has maintained a strong presence in the 10th District.
At a large public hearing held at the WNED studio in Buffalo on December 7, 2002, Charles Swanick eloquently detailed the reasons why a new international bridge should be sited in Buffalo (near the present Peace Bridge or old railroad) and not in Tonawanda or Grand Island. He energized, advised, and supported the residents of both towns in their opposition to international bridge sitings which would adversely affect their communities.