Perhaps Lazio thought he risked little in trying to rip Clinton's education record in Little Rock, Ark.
At one point in their televised debate here, he criticized the school reform effort she was involved in when her husband was Arkansas governor.
"I don't think we need that Little Rock record in the Big Apple," Lazio said.
Buffalo, however, might not have been the best place to skewer Little Rock school policy.
One of the architects of that policy was the late Eugene T. Reville, former Buffalo school superintendent, whom Mrs. Clinton recruited to help integrate Little Rock schools.
Reville's name was among those considered when the Buffalo School Board was naming what would become the Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence.
Reville was also listed by The News as among the 20th century's top "movers and shakers" with local roots who made contributions nationally.