Buffalo in the 70’s: ‘There’s no flowery rhetoric’ in Jimmy Griffin’s campaign

“Blunt-talking Griffin,” says the headline, “meets issues head-on along campaign circuit.” Forty years ago today, September 4, 1975, State Sen. James D. Griffin was seeking the Democratic nomination for Erie County executive against Amherst supervisor, sporting goods store owner and 1946 Buffalo Bisons quarterback Al Dekdebrun. Dekdebrun won the primary, but he lost to Republican … Continue reading Buffalo in the 70’s: ‘There’s no flowery rhetoric’ in Jimmy Griffin’s campaign

Photos from Buffalo’s Jimmy Griffin years

He remains one of the most popular figures in Buffalo’s history. He was also one of the most vilified. Jimmy Griffin was Mayor of Buffalo from 1978-1993. No one has ever held the post longer, and it’s a pretty good bet that no one ever had more fun doing the job. He got things done. … Continue reading Photos from Buffalo’s Jimmy Griffin years

Griffin name continues to help charities with Run Jimmy Run Charity 5k

Buffalo, NY – As Mayor, Jim Griffin raised over $20,000 for local charities by sponsoring a decades’ worth of annual runs in South Park. Fast forward 20 years, and the late mayor’s name is now once again in the spotlight in the running world as his family, the Buffalo Bisons and the Alzheimer’s Association of … Continue reading Griffin name continues to help charities with Run Jimmy Run Charity 5k

The Mound in the Meadow: Buffalo’s Tomb of the Unknowns at Delaware Park

BUFFALO, NY – The village of Buffaloe was, in 1814 described by one visitor as “a nest of villians, rogues, rescals, pickpockets, knaves, and extortioners.” When the British burned Buffalo, it was a small village of log cabins, with tree stumps strewn in the streets. It’s difficult to imagine the Buffalo of 200 years ago, but … Continue reading The Mound in the Meadow: Buffalo’s Tomb of the Unknowns at Delaware Park

Buffalo in the ’40s: the Ford Buffalo Assembly Plant

In the wake of World War II, there was a nearly five-year period where no American passenger cars were being built. As the war effort gave way to renewed consumerism, Buffalo’s Ford Assembly Plant saw its first postwar car roll off the line in September 1946. Buffalo News archives The plant was built on Fuhrmann Boulevard in 1930 … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’40s: the Ford Buffalo Assembly Plant

Buffalo in the ’80s: Buffalo Nazis severely outnumbered by counter-rally

The July, 2016, story of hundreds of counter-protesters showing up to in Cazenovia Park to drown out the voice of what wound up being only a single white supremacist might have sounded familiar to anyone who was paying attention to Buffalo headlines 35 years ago. Buffalo News archives Late 1980 was already a tension-filled time … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’80s: Buffalo Nazis severely outnumbered by counter-rally

As he starts the “Run Jimmy Run” on Sunday, it’s more than just a celebrity appearance for Rene Robert

BUFFALO, NY- It was nearly a decade ago that Jimmy Griffin lost his devastating battle with an aggressive rare form of dementia. It wasn’t Alzheimer’s– but the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter, provided information, help and comfort for the mayor’s family as they very quickly began dealing with a new reality. Since then, the Griffin family has … Continue reading As he starts the “Run Jimmy Run” on Sunday, it’s more than just a celebrity appearance for Rene Robert