Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the opening of the Buffalo Central Terminal

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Senate Resolution No. 1825


COMMEMORATING the 90th Anniversary of the opening
of the Buffalo Central Terminal

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of those who seek to bring recognition to historical places
within the State of New York, and in doing so, help to ensure that the
complete history of our State and Nation is preserved and shared with
present generations of citizens; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the opening of the Buffalo Central
Terminal; and

WHEREAS, The Buffalo Central Terminal was opened by the New York
Central Railroad to the public for the very first time on June 22, 1929,
and the first train to leave the terminal was the Eastbound Empire State
Express; and

WHEREAS, The steel-framed structure was built in only two years, and
features a 17-story office tower, a large concourse with ceilings more
than 60 feet high, along with baggage and mail buildings and numerous
train platforms; and

WHEREAS, The complex was designed to handle over 200 trains and
10,000 passengers daily, as well as 1,500 New York Central Railroad
employees; the concourse featured shops, a restaurant, soda fountain,
parking garage, and numerous other services; and

WHEREAS, During World War II, thousands of troops and supplies moved
through Buffalo Central Terminal on their way to the front; and

WHEREAS, By 1956, the rise of air travel had led to a decrease in
train use by the general public, leading the railroad to put the Central
Terminal up for sale for $1,000,000, just 1/14 its original cost;
unfortunately, no buyers were found; and

WHEREAS, By 1970, New York Central's successor, Penn Central
Railroad, had declared bankruptcy, with Amtrak forming the year after;
Amtrak would continue use of the Central Terminal until October 28,
1979, when it was replaced by the current Depew Station in the Town of
Cheektowaga; and

WHEREAS, The terminal was purchased in 1979, by Anthony Fedele, who
maintained ownership until 1986, when the site went into foreclosure and
was put up for auction; after another decade of decay, a group of
concerned citizens stepped up and were able to secure the deed to the
site, forming the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation; and

WHEREAS, In 2003, the Preservation League of New York State selected
the terminal as one of seven most endangered properties; two years
later, the necessary funds were raised to purchase the concourse clock
for restoration; and

WHEREAS, Over the past two decades, the Central Terminal Restoration
Corporation, on an all-volunteer basis, has worked hard to educate the
public about the history of the Central Terminal and opened the site up
for numerous public and private events including the annual Dyngus Day
celebrations in Buffalo, which draws thousands of Buffalonians to the
Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, New York State and the City of Buffalo contributed
funds to commission a study by the Urban Land Institute, examining the
best ways to reactivate the Terminal as a public space, and in 2018, it
was awarded $5 million by the State for stabilization work and other
improvements with a goal of readying the site for future development
opportunities; and

WHEREAS, The Buffalo Central Terminal's building and site are seen
as symbols of the City of Buffalo and the work done by the Central
Terminal Restoration Corporation is a point of civic pride for many
Western New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity
to express its highest admiration for the Buffalo Central Terminal, and
for all of the individuals who have worked to bring proper attention to
a place and time which merits recognition in the grand panorama of the
history of our State and Nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the opening of the Buffalo Central
Terminal; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.


  • 05 / Jun / 2019
  • 12 / Jun / 2019
  • 12 / Jun / 2019

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