Buffalo, New York, is the second most populous city in the state of New York, surpassed only by New York City itself. Buffalo got its start in the late 1700’s when a small trading community grew up near Buffalo Creek, in Western New York. After the Erie Canal opened in 1825, settlers flocked to Buffalo, and by 1900 it was the eighth largest city in the U.S.
Its location on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River helped Buffalo develop into a major railroad hub and the country’s largest grain-milling center. Its industrial and shipping importance declined as other thoroughfares were opened, and today its economic base includes financial services, technology, health care and education. The city’s largest employers are state, federal and local governments; Kaleida Health; University at Buffalo; and the Catholic Health System.
Greater Buffalo, including Erie County, NY, has a population of 954,000. It was honored with the distinction of being an All-America City and Community, the oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. Some of the civic development projects in Buffalo are: Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign; Skating Association for the Blind & Handicapped; Computers for Children; and Materials Reuse Project.
Residents of the Buffalo area have the opportunity to be spectators or participants in a number of outdoor sports. The Buffalo Bills NFL football team, National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team offer entertainment and are a source of regional pride and team spirit.
Those who enjoy water sports are fortunate to have easy access to two of the Great Lakes, Erie and Ontario, as well as numerous rivers and canals, and Niagara Falls is just 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Zoo, and Aquarium of Niagara are only a few of the family-friendly activities available in the city.
Secondary education institutions in Buffalo include University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Erie Community College. There are nearly 60,000 college students in Buffalo, New York.
Buffalo and Erie County are in the 8th Judicial District of the Unified Court System of New York. The New York State of Appeals is the state’s highest court, hearing cases brought from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The Appellate Division hears appeals primarily from state trial courts, including the Supreme Court, the county courts, the surrogate’s courts, the family courts, and the Court of Claims. The court of general jurisdiction is the New York Supreme Court, with jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases not handled by lower courts; it also handles all divorces. The New York Supreme Court has a branch in Buffalo located at 25 Delaware Avenue, as is the Erie County Court, which is authorized to handle all crimes committed within the county and civil cases involving amounts up to $25,000. The Buffalo City Court is at 50 Delaware Avenue, adjacent to City Hall. It has criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors and lesser offenses and civil jurisdiction over claims of up to $15,000.
ADDITIONAL BUFFALO, NEW YORK, RESOURCES
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Hoffman Automotive, Inc.,
235 Elm St
Buffalo, NY 14203-1603
Universal Automobile Service
625 Colvin Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14216-1355
2189 Niagara St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
Intellicheck Investigative Services
108 Hammerschmidt Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14210
Probe Services Professional Investigations
P.O. Box 815
Buffalo, New York 14225