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Longtime former Erie County Legislator Mike Fitzpatrick dies

The Ironworker
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

Rep. Brian Higgins has announced the death of former longtime Erie County Legislator Mike Fitzpatrick.

Like Higgins, Fitzpatrick was from South Buffalo and represented the 2nd legislative district 1977-2001.

"Mike Fitzpatrick was a legendary figure in Buffalo and national labor, civic, and political circles," Higgins said in a statement. "Both as a longtime county legislator and as a leader with the Ironworkers union, Mike influenced development in Buffalo for more than a generation and left fingerprints on dozens of downtown projects that served as building blocks for what we see today. A beloved son of South Buffalo, Mike was always true to his neighborhood roots and leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments that few will equal."

Fitzpatrick was the son of a policeman, the nephew of a First Ward Democratic chairman and a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He retired from politics after a fourth drunk driving arrest in five years.

Cause of death and memorial services were not mentioned in Higgins' announcement. Fitzpatrick was 72 years old.

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