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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Caring Cards Distribution 2019

DA Flynn passed out "Caring Cards" to Meals on Wheels recipients in the Town of Tonawanda. More than 5,000 cards were collected by the Center for Elder Law & Justice and partner organizations to be distributed to seniors in Erie County to brighten their day and let them know their community cares about their wellbeing.

Ken Ton Memorial Day 2019

DA Flynn marched in the annual Kenmore Town of Tonawanda Memorial Day parade. 

Mulberry Street

DA Flynn joined the FruitBelt Coalition at a groundbreaking ceremony for upcoming renovations at the Mulberry Street park.

Towne Gardens arrests

DA Flynn joins U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy and law enforcement to announce the indictment of 12 gang members who operated out of the Towne Gardens apartments. 

DV Grant Press Conference

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DA Flynn announces that Erie County's Domestic Violence High-Risk Team received a $900,000 federal grant to continue and expand its mission to protect survivors.

marketplace apps

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn was joined by Buffalo Police Department Captain Jeff Rinaldo to warn the public about an increase in robberies and larcenies that have occurred during exchanges arranged through online marketplaces. 

UB Class

DA Flynn spoke with an undergraduate law class at University at Buffalo about the role of the District Attorney.

JJ Bolvin

At a child abuse prevention and awareness rally, DA Flynn met JJ Bolvin. His family fought to pass JJ's Law, which expands the look back window up to ten years for child abusers and allows increased penalties for repeat offenders.

Gun Violence Panel

DA Flynn speaks with a young woman outside of the first "Community Conversation on Gun Violence" panel discussion at Bennett Community School Campus.

Lead Paint Arrest

DA Flynn announced the arrest of a Buffalo landlord who continued to allow tenants to reside at his property after two children were hospitalized for lead paint exposure. It was the first case in Erie County to be prosecuted under public health law enacted in 2014.

Elder Abuse Awareness 2019

DA Flynn was joined by state, county and local leaders to commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Month outside Old Erie County Hall and bring attention to financial crimes that target senior citizens.

AAA Panel 2019

DA John Flynn joined Trooper James O’Callaghan of New York State Police, Chief John Aresta, President of the NYS Association of the Chiefs of Police, and Dr. Laszlo Mechtler of Dent Neurologic Institute as a panelist for the AAA Western and Central New York Impaired Driving Summit 2019.

Triggs Gov Recognition

DA Flynn received a certificate of recognition from the Governor’s Office for supporting the None Like You/We Care Outreach group. DA Flynn and staff from the Erie County DA’s Office have volunteered their time and given donations to the group’s holiday dinners, backpack giveaways and other events throughout the year.


The ECDA Community Outreach Team participated in a Masten Park neighborhood clean-up organized by Ms. Triggs and None Like You/We Care Outreach.

National Night Out 2019

DA Flynn joined Mayor Brown, Buffalo Police and Buffalo Fire to kick-off National Night Out 2019.

Community Dispute Resolution Program

DA Flynn was joined by Judge Hannah, Center for Resolution and Justice, and the Legal Aid Bureau to announce the Community Dispute Resolution Program in Buffalo City Court.

DC Joint Task Force Inmate Health Care

Erie County DA Flynn Participates in National Joint Task Force Meeting and Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on Inmate Health Care and Recidivism in Washington, D.C. 

East Side Robbery Arrests

DA Flynn was joined by Captain Rinaldo to announce the arrest of three individuals charged in armed robberies that targeted in Muslim community on Buffalo's East Side.

Prosecutor of the Year

DA John Flynn was recognized as “Prosecutor of the Year” by The Prosecutors’ Association of Western New York.

City of Tonawanda Shooting Press Conference

DA Flynn joined by City of Tonawanda Police to announce charges against defendant accused of injuring a detective and a civilian in separate shootings on May 26, 2020.

Cretacci Press Conference

DA Flynn joined by Assistant DAs Christopher Safulko and Ryan Haggerty, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger and Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Jim Stauffiger to announce the arrest of three defendants charged in the murder of Danielle Cretacci.
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