Meet the District Attorney

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn welcomes you to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

DA Flynn is our chief law enforcement official representing the citizens of Erie County.

The District Attorney's Office, regardless of the police agency conducting the investigation, is responsible for the just prosecution of nearly every crime committed in Erie County. This includes the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in the city, town and village courts; the prosecution of felony cases in State Supreme Court and Erie County Court; and the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases in several specialty courts. This office is also responsible for all post-conviction litigation in the state and federal appellate courts.

In addition to annually litigating approximately 35,000 criminal cases in over 60 different courts, the District Attorney presents cases to the Erie County Grand Jury and serves as its legal advisor. This office also provides legal advice and investigation support to all federal, state and county agencies charged with investigating criminal activity in Erie County.

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Shop with a Cop 2021

The DA’s Office held a fundraiser for Buffalo Police "Shop with a Cop," raising more than $8,000 to support this event, field trips and other activities provided by the department's Neighborhood Engagement Team.

Human Trafficking Taskforce Grant 2022

First Deputy DA Mike Keane joined Congressman Higgins, County Executive Poloncarz, Sheriff Garcia, International Institute of Buffalo & other partners to announce a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Taskforce.

Ken Ton Presentation Announcement

DA Flynn joined by Superintendent Sabatino Cimato of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District to announce a series of presentations to educate students about the consquences of misuing social media to prevent cyberbullying and school threats.

Buffalo Peacemakers Business Community Leaders Event 2022

DA John Flynn was invited to speak at the fourth annual Buffalo Peacemakers Business & Community Leaders event.

Ukraine Donation

The Erie County DA's Office collected and delivered items to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which will be sent overseas to help the people of Ukraine.

Tops Mass Shooting Press Conference

DA Flynn joins Mayor Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Gramaglia, US Attorney Ross, Congressman Higgins and other public officials to announce the arrest of the suspect accused of committing a shooting that killed ten and injured three at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue.

Fentanyl Cocaine Presser 2022

DA John Flynn joined Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and Opiate Epidemic Task Force Director Cheryll Moore to warn residents about a deadly mixture of cocaine and fentanyl that has been linked to recent overdose deaths.

Gendron Indictment Presser

DA John Flynn joined by Mayor Brown, prosecutors and law enforcement to announce a 25-count indictment against the suspected gunman in the Jefferson Avenue tragedy. 

Tops One Month Remembrance Ceremony

DA Flynn joined Mayor Byron Brown, law enforcement and public officials for a remembrance ceremony one month after the tragedy on Jefferson Avenue.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2022

DA Flynn was joined by the Center for Elder Law & Justice, FBI Buffalo, Sheriff Garcia, Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes, Senator Gallivan, Assemblywoman Wallace, Erie County Clerk Kearns and Erie County Department of Senior Services to commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

Gendron Plea

DA Flynn joined by prosecutors, Mayor Brown & Buffalo Police Commissioner Gramaglia to announce Payton S. Gendron pleading guilty for killing ten, injuring three in racially-motivated attack at Tops of Jefferson Avenue. 

Pine Street Cocaine Bust January 2023

DA John Flynn joined the Erie County Sheriff's Office, Buffalo Police Department and the FBI to announce the arrest of three defendants for possession of 14 kilos of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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