Stanley Makowski

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Stanley M. Makowski
Stanley M Makowski - 1973 BPDReport.jpg
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
March 5, 1973 – December 31, 1977
Preceded by Frank A. Sedita
Succeeded by James D. Griffin
Personal details
Born April 22, 1923
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died August 5, 1981(1981-08-05) (aged 58)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Florence Ziolo
Children 8

Stanley M. "Stan" Makowski (April 22, 1923 – August 5, 1981) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1974–1977. He was born in Buffalo on April 22, 1923, as the younger of two children of Polish immigrants.[2] He dropped out of Hutchinson Central High School and served six months with the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, he joined the Army and served three years during World War II, including an eight-month tour on Iwo Jima. After the war, he earned his high school diploma and attended Cornell University, where he received a certificate from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and night school at Millard Fillmore College at the University of Buffalo. He married Florence Ziolo on August 7, 1954.[2]

In 1959, he accepted appointment to the at-large seat on the Common Council, when Thaddeus J. Dulski was elected to Congress. In 1969, Makowski ran as the Democratic candidate for Erie County executive; he was defeated in the general election by B. John Tutuska. In 1972, the Common Council created the post of deputy mayor and Makowski was the first appointed, serving under Mayor Frank A. Sedita. Upon Mayor Sedita's resignation of March 5, 1973, Makowski became mayor. He was elected as mayor on November 6, 1973 During his term, the Buffalo Convention Center was constructed, as was the Marine Midland Center. On January 28, 1977, a most disastrous blizzard struck Buffalo and Western New York. He served just one term as mayor. He died on August 5, 1981 and was buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, New York.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Stanley M. Makowski". 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
Frank A. Sedita
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
James D. Griffin