Buffalo in the 70s: ‘Crisis has seasoned new superintendent’ Gene Reville

By Steve Cichon

Sadly, as one thumbs through decades of pages of The Buffalo News, it becomes clear that the Buffalo Public Schools have been in a perpetual state of crisis for at least half a century.

New fixes and hopes come and go — but one long-standing positive influence was South Buffalo’s Eugene Reville, whose 15 years running Buffalo’s schools started 40 years ago this week.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.