Sixteen SUNY Buffalo State alumni have the distinction of being included in Buffalo Business First’s "Power 250 List of the Most Influential People for 2014." Additionally, the list includes Howard Cohen, Buffalo State interim president, and Howard Zemsky, College Council president and managing partner of Larkin Development Group. Power 250 is the business publication’s annual ranking of the most influential people who live and work in the eight counties of Western New York.
Buffalo State alumni who made the list: Anthony Baynes,'79, A.J. Baynes Freight Contractors Ltd.; Byron Brown,'83, Buffalo city mayor; Betty Jean Grant, MS '97, Erie County legislator; David Hart,'83, Hart Hotels Inc.; Brian Higgins,'85, U.S .House of Representatives; Sam Hoyt, '92, Empire State Development; Brenda McDuffie,'74, Buffalo Urban League; Frank Mesiah, '61, '69, NAACP – Buffalo Chapter; Kevin O’Connell, '71, WGRZ TV; Donald Ogilvie,'71, Erie 1 BOCES and Buffalo Common Council; Crystal Peoples-Stokes,'74, '02, New York State Assembly; Darius Pridgen, '88, Buffalo Common Council; Pete Riedy,'95, Live National Worldwide Inc.; Chris Sansone,'00, '07, Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Association; Timothy Tevens,'80, Columbus McKinnon Corporation; and Jeremy Zellner,'05, Erie County Democratic Party.