© 2023 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

End of an Era: Franczyk to give up Common Council seat

Chris Caya WBFO News

An era in Buffalo City Hall is drawing to a close. Longtime Council Member David Franczyk will not be running for reelection.

"I figure it's just time. At some point, like, you know the Kenny Rogers song, 'You gotta know when to fold 'em," said Franczyk. He has spent more than three decades representing the Fillmore District. And, Franczyk says, he has no regrets about not running for mayor. 

"I like the freedom of being a council member. With the mayor you're 24/7," Franczyk said.  

Along with working to address crime, illegal drugs and slum lords, Fraczyk says, he's fought to protect the city's historic architecture. He says he's the longest serving council member in the city's history.

"George Arthur was 28 years. I think, Jim Pitts was 26 years. And I'm 32. So the record's there to be shattered if you chose to be a career politician like I was. And I don't think that's a dirty word because St. Augustine said, 'it's the most noble of professions if practiced honorably and honestly.'  And so that's what I've tried to do," Franczyk said.   

He may be retiring from the Council, but Franczyk says, he still plans to be involved in politics. In fact, he says, he's considering a run for Buffalo Comptroller.   


Related Content