Walter J. Mahoney

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Walter J. Mahoney (March 10, 1908 Buffalo, New York - March 1, 1982) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

He graduated from Canisius College in 1930, and from the University at Buffalo Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1934, and practiced law in Buffalo. While studying law, he was a reporter for the Buffalo Times.

He attended on October 2, 1932, in a vacant storefront in the old Gerron's Building in Buffalo, the first meeting of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs. The association was incorporated in 1934 and in 1935 Mahoney was elected president, a post he resigned after he was elected to the New York State Senate.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1937 to 1964, sitting in the 160th, 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd and 174th New York State Legislatures; and was Temporary President of the State Senate from 1954 to 1964. He was also Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1954.

He was a delegate to the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Republican National Conventions.

In 1965 he was appointed by Gov. Nelson D. Rockefeller to the New York State Thruway Authority. In 1967, he was elected as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court (8th D.), and in 1974 he was designated to the Appellate Division (4th Dept.). He retired in 1977, and resumed his private practice in Buffalo.

The Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building on 65 Court Street, in his hometown Buffalo, was named after him.

Sources[edit]

[1] Bio and Photo, on page 14

New York State Senate
Preceded by
David E. Doyle
New York State Senate
48th District

1937–1944
Succeeded by
Earle S. Warner
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
53rd District

1945–1954
Succeeded by
Austin W. Erwin
Preceded by
John H. Cooke
New York State Senate
55th District

1955–1964
Succeeded by
John H. Doerr
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur H. Wicks
Acting
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Acting

1954
Succeeded by
George DeLuca
Preceded by
Arthur H. Wicks
Temporary President of the State Senate
1954–1964
Succeeded by
Joseph Zaretzki