John Garcia is the only candidated endorsed by law enforcement

Because of his outstanding credentials, John is the only candidate endorsed by law enforcement and first responder organizations across the county and state.  John also has the endorsement of more labor and trade unions than any other candidate.  Check out what these groups have to say about John and why they chose to endorse him as for Erie County Sheriff.

Erie County Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association (ECS PBA) Endorses John Garcia for Sheriff

“Our board was overwhelmingly in support of endorsing John Garcia, and it was a robust discussion about all of the candidates, said Tim Donovan, President, ECS PBA.  “In the end we decided John is the best candidate and understands the needs and concerns of our membership as well as other law enforcement agencies and organizations in these difficult and challenging times.”

In addition to Garcia’s endorsement by the ECS PBA, he also has been endorsed by the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association; Erie County Sheriff’s Teamsters Local 264; WNY Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel, Inc. (W.A.R.P.); NYS Association of Hostage Negotiators (NYAHN); and, former Erie County Sheriff and current New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan.

“John’s experience speaks for itself, and his qualifications check all the boxes as far as who can best serve our members as well as the residents and taxpayers of Erie County in the role of sheriff,” Donovan continued.  “These are unprecedented times to be a member of law enforcement, and we strongly believe John is the best candidate that can most effectively navigate us through them.”


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Erie County Sheriff's Teamster Local 264 Endorses John Garcia for Sheriff

Before the primary, the Erie County Sheriff’s Teamsters Local 264 announced their endoresement of John Garcia and a joint press conference with the Erie County Sheriff’s PBA.

Civil Service Employee Association Region 6 WNY (CSEA) Endorses John Garcia for Sheriff

One of New York’s leading unions, the Civil Service Employee Association Region 6 WNY (CSEA), has endorsed John Garcia for Sheriff.

NY State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (PBA)

The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, Inc. is proud to announce the endorsement of John Garcia for election as Erie County Sheriff.

It is with careful consideration that the NYSTPBA is endorsing John Garcia for election as Erie County Sheriff.  John Garcia served the City of Buffalo and Erie County residents for twenty-five years as a Buffalo Police Officer.  He worked in the Gang Unit, Narcotics and Vice, Commander of the Crisis Management Unit and retired in 2019 as a Homicide Detective.  His dedication to a life of public service continued after his retirement as he is a Criminal Investigator for the Erie County Bar Association.  He has served with dignity, pride and unwavering dedication to his community for over 25 years.  His lifetime of service and experience will serve the residents of Erie County well as their Sheriff.

More than 6,000 active and retired, uniformed members of the New York State Police from the rank of Trooper through the rank of Major are represented by the NYSTPBA.

See the endorement letter her: John Garcia EC Sheriff

NY State Police Investigators Association Local 4 Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

As representatives of the members of the New York State Police Investigators Association, Local 4, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, we proudly endorse your candidacy for Erie County Sheriff. The Investigators Associations represents more than two thousand active and retired Bureau of Criminal Investigation members of the State Police. NYSPIA members proudly serve the citizens throughout the State of New York and are assured you will represent the citizens of Erie County with honor and  distinction.

It is with great pride that we support your candidacy for Erie County Sheriff. With over 25 years of law enforcement experience, you have distinguished yourself as a hardworking and caring professional while assigned to various divisions throughout your career. Some of which include felony criminal investigation, crisis negotiation, dignitary protection, narcotics, intelligence and vice enforcement. Additionally, your dedicated years of service with the City of Buffalo Police Department, the Erie County Bar Association, and the successful growth of your private security and investigation business have made you well prepared and ready to become the next chief law enforcement officer of Erie County.

The New York State Police Investigators Association appreciates your years of service in public service and our membership has great confidence in your ability and foresight. The Board of Directors of NYSPIA is confident that your past experiences will continue to serve you well as the next Sheriff of Erie County and we offer our full support in your candidacy and wish you continued success.

See the Endoresment Letter here: Garcia Endorsement Letter NYS PIA

Police Conference of New York (PCNY) Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

The Police Conference of New York, Inc. (PCNY) is a statewide organization which was founded in 1925 and now represents 229 PBA’s plus 8 regional conferences and one retired police association, with a total of 25,000 police officers throughout the State.

The PCNY is pleased to endorce John Garcia as a candidate for Erie County Sheriff.

See their letter here. 

Buffalo Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Endorses John Garcia

The Buffalo PBA was an early endorser, announcing on Feb 5 their support for John:

Garcia served in the Buffalo Police Department from 1994 until 2019. He was a patrolman from 1994 until 2006 and a Detective in the Narcotics, Intelligence and Vice Enforcement Bureau from 2007 until 2016. He also served as a Detective in the Homicide Squad from 2016 until 2019.

“Our members are very enthusiastic about supporting John’s candidacy for Erie County Sheriff,” said PBA President John Evans. “John knows what it’s like to walk a mile in our shoes. He understands the pressures and complexities of the job as a Buffalo police officer. He also has extensive experience dealing with mental health incidents, which is based on real world experience on the city’s streets not from behind a desk. We look forward to working with our other brothers and sisters in law enforcement in getting John elected.”

See the press release here: Buffalo PBA

Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association Local 282 Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

Read more about the Buffalo PFA’s endorsement here: Buffalo Firefighters

Cheektowaga Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Endorses John Garcia

After reviewing your extensive law enforcement background and private sector experience, we brought it to the attention of our membership at our September 2021 Union meeting. Our membership is very familiar with the great work you have done in law enforcement and would continue that work as the next Erie County Sheriff.

With this in mind, I am proud to officially announce that our membership has voted unanimously to endorse you for Erie County Sheriff.

See the endorsement letter: Cheektowaga

Orchard Park Police Command Officers Association Endorses John Garcia
WNY Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel, Inc. (WARP) Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

Representing retired law enforcement officers from nearly 50 agencies in Western New York, John is proud to have their endorsement.

NY Association of Hostage Negotiators (NYAHN) Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

As Commander of the Crisis Management unit, John faced many challenging hostage negotation situations, many involving individuals who were suffering from a mental health crisis.  John has been a trainer and leader in helping train law enforecement and appreciates the support of NYAHN.

Buffalo and Niagara Building Construction and Trade Council Endorses John Garcia for Erie County Sheriff

Workers across Erie County know the importance of safe communities and protection of worker rights.  John is proud to have the support of the working men and women of Erie County.

Public Employee Federation (PEF) Endorses John Garcia

The work of law enforcement is supported by public employees across Erie County. John is honored to have their support.

AFSCME Local 1095 Endorses John Garcia

It is with honor and privelage that AFSCME Local 1095 sends this letter of endoresement. We represent over fifteen hundred blue collar members living and working within the County of Erie. We represent Union Members working at the Erie County Medical Center, Terrace View, Erie County Community College, Erie County Libraries, as well as the County of Erie. We are privelaged to endorse your candidacy for Erie County Sheriff.  We are pleased that you have decided to run for office in this great community. We wish you the best in your endeavors! Your track recored with labor unions has been second to none. We look forward to furthering our relationship.

To see the full letter of endorsement, click here.

Town of Tonawanda Police Union Endorses John Garcia

John has yet another endoresment from law enforcement – this time from the Town of Tonawanda.