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Congressman Higgins Joins Mayor Brown for Dedication of Dick Keane Trailblazing Sign

Jul 13, 2009
Press Release

Mayor Byron W. Brown today unveiled commemorative street trailblazing signs that are now posted on Kingston Place in South Buffalo, which was the childhood street of late New York State Assemblyman Richard J. “Dick” Keane. Mr. Keane passed away on October 21, 2008. 

“Dick Keane’s contributions to the City of Buffalo and to his community deserve our recognition,” said Mayor Brown.  “It is only fitting that we honor his memory here on the street where he grew up, as a way to pay tribute to his years of public service to the residents of our city, particularly in South Buffalo.”

In a communication filed on June 23, 2009 with the Buffalo Common Council, which approved the measure, Mayor Brown stated, “I believe it is fitting that the City of Buffalo honor the memory and legacy of one of the City’s greatest public servants.  Therefore I respectfully request that Your Honorable Body authorize the placement of trailblazing signs on Kingston Place in honor of Richard J. Keane, near the very home where he grew up in the City of Buffalo.”

Congressman Higgins said, “Dick Keane served as a true ambassador of his neighborhood, never forgetting his roots or the people he was working so hard for.  So, it is appropriate that he will be forever represented in the neighborhood he represented and called home,”

"Dick Keane was an amazing leader, an inspiring mentor, and a dear friend.  I am honored and humbled to sit in his seat in the Assembly, where he spent more than two decades of his distinguished career." said Schroeder.  "I would like to thank Mayor Brown for honoring Dick on the street he grew up on and the neighborhood he loved so much."

"From his days in the Erie County Legislature, serving as the first 2nd district legislator as well as the first Democratic Chairman of the Legislature, Dick Keane was a pioneer for South Buffalo politics", stated Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy, "He cut a path for up and coming public officials and set a bar of service to the public to the highest levels possible."

"He was not only a friend to so many people, he was a true friend to our South Buffalo neighborhood. As a leader in the New York State Assembly, Dick Keane never forgot his South Buffalo roots, he embraced them", Kennedy concluded, "As such, the dedication of Kingston Place in Dick Keane's honor is a fitting tribute to him and his extensive family that carry on the traditions of leadership, public service, and kindness that made Dick Keane a friend to so many and a leader his entire life."

Dick Keane was a lifelong resident of South Buffalo and spent many years working to better his community.  He spent 22 years serving in the New York State Assembly, was a former Erie County Legislator, and a member of the Erie County Board of Supervisors.  He also spent time in the United States Air Force and was an 18-year member of the Buffalo Fire Department.