Distinguished Citizen

March 13, 2019


BUFFALO, NY - Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96 will be the guest of honor during the 53rd annual Regents Scholarship Ball, set for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.  Buffalo’s former mayor is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award, which annually recognizes an individual for contributions to the economic, civic or cultural well-being of Western New York.  Masiello is the president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, a public affairs lobbying firm based in Buffalo.

He served three full terms as mayor, during which time Masiello focused on rebuilding Buffalo through economic expansion and restructuring.  As mayor, he secured state and local funding for various projects including HSBC Arena, Theatre District expansion and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  He also played a key role in directing more than $1 billion of state investment into the Buffalo Public School District. 

Public service has been a way of life for Masiello.  Prior to his mayoral election, he spent 35 years in government holding seats on the Buffalo Common Council and the   New York Senate.

Masiello earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius in 1969 and received an honorary degree from the college in 1996.  A standout member of the Golden Griffin Division I basketball team, he holds a spot in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame and is a past recipient of the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award. 

He is a current member of the Board of Trustees and will celebrate his 50-year class reunion in May. 

For more information regarding tickets or sponsorship for the 53rd annual Regents Scholarship Ball, contact Courtney T. Sullivan, at (716) 888-2710, sulli121@canisius.edu.