Frank A. Sedita

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Frank A. Sedita
Frank A Sedita - 1965 BPDReport.jpg
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
January 1, 1966 – March 5, 1973
Preceded by Chester A. Kowal
Succeeded by Stanley M. Makowski
In office
January 1, 1958 – December 31, 1961
Preceded by Steven Pankow
Succeeded by Chester A. Kowal
Personal details
Born June 20, 1907
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died May 2, 1975(1975-05-02) (aged 67)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Vacanti (m. 1935)
Children 2

Frank Albert Sedita (June 20, 1907 – May 2, 1975) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1958–1961 and 1966–1973. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 20, 1907. The family moved to Buffalo in 1911, and when he was 10, Sedita began work by hawking newspapers and shining shoes around the downtown area. He attended Hutchinson Central High School and spent his summers working in canning factories and on farms in Wilson and Lyndonville, New York.

He received a B.A. from Canisius College, and in 1931 received his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School. He married Sarah Vacanti on July 11, 1934.[2]

In 1950, Sedita was elected as a City Court judge. He resigned from his job on the City Court bench on September 6, 1957 to pursue his mayoral bid. On November 5, 1957, he was elected mayor, defeating incumbent Steven Pankow. During this term, urban renewal was continued and the Ellicott District Project was completed. He lost his bid for re-election to mayor in the November 7, 1961 election, when Chester A. Kowal was elected mayor. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy nominated Sedita to the post of Federal Customs Collector for the Port of Buffalo; he held that post until May 7, 1965. He was elected as mayor to a second term on November 2, 1965.[citation needed]

At the 1966 Democratic State Convention, held in Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, he was nominated to run for New York State Attorney General. He was defeated in the general election by Louis Lefkowitz. In June 1967, during the Buffalo riot at the Michigan Avenue YMCA, the mayor faced an angry crowd of young African Americans during an East Side street confrontation. He was re-elected on November 4, 1969. He ran for Erie County executive in 1971, but was defeated by Edward V. Regan in the general election. Because of health concerns, on February 8, 1973 Sedita submitted a letter of resignation to the Buffalo Common Council, to become effective on March 5, 1973. He died on May 2, 1975, aged 67, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. On December 14, 1987, Buffalo Public School 38 was renamed Frank A. Sedita Community School.[2]

Sedita's son, Frank A. Sedita, Jr., was a judge on the New York State Supreme Court, and his grandson, Frank A. Sedita III, is a judge on the New York State Supreme Court


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Frank A. Sedita". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Pankow
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Chester A. Kowal
Preceded by
Chester A. Kowal
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Stanley M. Makowski
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edward R. Dudley
Democratic Nominee for New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Adam Walinsky