Buffalo in the ’90s: Hillary Clinton reads to school kids

By Steve Cichon

This week BN Chronicles looks back into the archives for previous Western New York visits by our current presidential front-runners.

Only days before New York’s 1992 Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton was in Buffalo campaigning on behalf of her husband, then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.

Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski welcomes Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton to Buffalo in 1992. (Buffalo News archives.)

She told The News that the visit was her fourth to Buffalo. One 1989 stop here had the Arkansas first lady touring Buffalo’s magnet schools. This time, it was School 31 Early Childhood Center on Stanton Street, a speech before a meeting of the Women’s Bar of Western New York, and a guest spot with Brian Kahle and Jean Hill on WKBW-TV’s “AM/Buffalo.”

Reporters look on as Hillary Clinton reads to children at School 31. (Buffalo News archives.)

On Channel 7, Clinton said negative stories about her husband’s infidelity, his avoiding being drafted to go to Vietnam, and his infamous experimentation with marijuana “where he didn’t inhale” were all evidence of a “concerted effort” by fearful Republicans to derail his campaign.

“The Republicans are scared to death,” Mrs. Clinton said on “AM/Buffalo,” “and they should be.”


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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.