Tony Masiello spent 35 years working in government on behalf of Western New York. From his earliest days on the Buffalo Common Council (1971-1980), to Albany as Buffalo’s state senator (1980-1993), and throughout his 12-year tenure as Buffalo’s 57th mayor, Tony successfully forged bonds with decision-makers at every level of government.
As mayor, Tony doubled the amount of state aid to Buffalo and convinced the federal and state governments to fund the re-engineering of both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. Working with Governors Cuomo and Pataki, Tony secured state and local funding for projects like the HSBC Arena, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Theatre District expansion. Targeted investments such as these, along with efforts to spur development on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor Waterfront, expanding downtown housing and securing funding for the return of automobile traffic to Main Street are the focal points of Buffalo’s award-winning Queen City Hub Plan – the blueprint for over $1 billion of investment that’s already spawned a wealth of new housing and business development in downtown Buffalo.
One of the architects of the Joint Schools Construction legislation, Tony played a key role directing over $1 billion of state investment into the renovation and transformation of Buffalo’s public schools. He built on that initial investment with the Mayor’s Livable Communities Grant Program, encouraging block clubs and community groups to undertake projects that produce measureable physical and visual improvements in the neighborhoods where these schools are located, thus maximizing impact.
A nationally recognized expert on brownfield reclamation, Tony focused on cleaning polluted land up to standard and on making former brownfields shovel-ready for redevelopment. Convincing HealthNow, Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s parent company, to locate its company’s headquarters at the old Buffalo Gas Works site, Tony brought home a project with a total economic impact of almost $2 billion – the largest private sector development in downtown Buffalo since 1967.
As president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, Tony puts his 35 years of government experience and contacts to work for his clients, earning his reputation as an effective, results-oriented lobbyist.