Steven Pankow

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Steven Pankow
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by Joseph Mruk
Succeeded by Frank A. Sedita
Personal details
Born March 29, 1908
Buffalo, New York
Died July 25, 1993(1993-07-25) (aged 85)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Conwall (born Konowalczuk)

Steven Pankow (1908–1993) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1954–1957. He was born in Buffalo on March 29, 1908. He grew up in Freyfield-Wolnepole, Poland of Ukrainian heritage,[2] until around 1922, when he returned to Buffalo to live with an aunt. He married Mary Conwall (1912-2002, born Konowalczuk) in 1930. He worked at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, New York and in the 1930s, opened his own automobile agency; a Dodge-Plymouth franchise, known as Pankow Motors.[3]

He served as clerk of Erie County, New York from 1949 to 1951. He was elected mayor on November 3, 1953, as the Democratic candidate. During his term, the Buffalo Skyway was extended, to erect a wider bridge over the Union Ship Canal, and the Kensington Expressway, the Niagara Thruway extension and the Scajaquada Creek Expressway were constructed. After his term he returned to automobile sales and worked at a number of patronage jobs with the city. After a brief illness, he died on July 25, 1993. He is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.[3]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
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  3. ^ a b "Steven Pankow". 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
Joseph Mruk
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Frank A. Sedita