Michael P. Kearns

Michael P. Kearns
Member of the New York State Assembly from the 145th District
Assumed office
March 21, 2012
Preceded by Mark J.F. Schroeder
Member of the Buffalo Common Council
from the South District
In office
Preceded by James D. Griffin
Succeeded by Christopher Scanlon
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Michael P. "Mickey" Kearns is a member of the New York State Assembly. Kearns represents the 142nd Assembly District, which spans South Buffalo, half of the city of Lackawanna, West Seneca and Orchard Park.[1] He was elected in a special election on March 20, 2012, defeating Chris Fahey, the endorsed Democrat.[2]

Kearns is a registered Democrat. He ran for Assembly without the Democrats' support on the lines of the Republican and Independence Party lines. While he has stated his intention to caucus with the Democrats, he has also stated he will not support speaker Sheldon Silver, a stance that mirrors Kearns's predecessor, Mark J. F. Schroeder. Silver, in turn, has been noncommital in regard to whether Kearns will be allowed to caucus with the Democrats;[3] adding Kearns would give the Assembly Democrats 100 out of the 150 seats in the chamber, allowing the party to override vetos. Although he spent the remainder of the term and a portion of the next one with the Democrats, he left the caucus on May 20, 2013 in the wake of a scandal regarding fellow Assembly Democrat Vito Lopez.[4]

Prior to his election, Kearns served as South Buffalo's representative on the city council, where he was elected to succeed James D. Griffin. Kearns had previously run in the Democratic primary in the 2009 Buffalo mayoral election against incumbent Byron Brown.


  1. District 145 map. New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  2. McCarthy, Robert (March 21, 2012). Kearns is winner in landslide upset; Defeats Fahey for Assembly seat. The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  3. McCarthy and Tom Precious (March 21, 2012). Silver won't say if Kearns will sit with Democratic Assembly. The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  4. http://newyork.newsday.com/news/new-york/michael-kearns-democratic-assemblyman-calls-on-sheldon-silver-to-resign-1.5300675
Political offices
Preceded by
James D. Griffin
Buffalo Common Council Member, South District
2005 – March 2012
Succeeded by
Christopher P. Scanlon
New York Assembly
Title last held by
Mark J. F. Schroeder
New York State Assembly, 145th District
April 2012 – December 31, 2012
Succeeded by
John D. Ceretto
Preceded by
Jane L. Corwin
New York State Assembly, 142nd District
January 1, 2013 – present

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