Forty years ago, The News was introducing the candidates for various elected offices around Western New York, including in the State Senate.
Jimmy Griffin was three years away from a run for Buffalo mayor — a job he would hold for a record four terms. Griffin won re-election to the Senate in 1974 and 1976 before being elected mayor in 1977.
"Griffin seeks 5th term, urges election reform"
“ 'I think the limit should be about $25,000 … This is where Watergate started.’
“Mr. Griffin said he limits individual contributions to $300 and collects and spends about $7,000 to $8,000.
“'I think television could help by providing more time. TV is a very costly way to campaign and I think there are other ways — the way I do it, for example, by person-to-person campaigning, at bingo games, going door-to-door and in shopping plazas.’ ”