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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AO Restorative Justice

DA John Flynn, Buffalo Police Captain Tommy Champion and Dina Thompson of Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition announce three-part pilot restorative justice program for eligible adolescent offenders.

Crime Stoppers Billboard Gun Violence

DA John Flynn allocated $5,000 in asset forfeiture funding to Crime Stoppers WNY to provide rewards for information related to shootings and illegal firearms.

Gun Violence Prevention Announcement

DA Flynn joined by members of Buffalo Common Council and non-violence groups to announce the resumption of in-person community engagement efforts to reduce gun violence. 

ECSO BPD Arrests Announcement 2021

First Deputy DA Mike Keane joined Buffalo Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office to announce a multi-agency effort that resulted in numerous arrests for illegal guns and narcotics.

BPD Taking It To The Streets Event

DA John Flynn and First Deputy DA Mike Keane at the Buffalo Police Department's "Taking It To The Streets" community event.

Crime Stoppers Homicide Billboard

DA Flynn at the Crime Stoppers Western New York announcement of a billboard campaign, encouraging the public to provide information on unsolved homicides.

High-Risk Youth Team

DA Flynn and partner agencies announce the establishment of the High-Risk Youth Team, a multi-faceted intervention program for teenagers who are considered at risk of being directly impacted by gun violence.

JAWSH for Tina

The Erie County DA’s Office wore “JAWSH” shirts to support our friend and colleague Tina Pilkey in her fight against cancer. 26 Shirts donated a portion of each t-shirt sale to a GoFundMe to support Tina’s medical care and recovery.

Boy Scouts Amherst December 2021

DA Flynn explains fingerprint evidence and his role as District Attorney to a group of Boy Scouts in Amherst as part of their government requirement. 

Menorah Lighting 2021

DA John Flynn was invited by Rabbi Mendi to light the menorah at a Hanukkah celebration in Niagara Square.

Buffalo Rotary Club luncheon December 2021

DA Flynn was a guest speaker at the Buffalo Rotary Club luncheon where he discussed bail reform and the impact of the pandemic on the courts.

Miss Triggs Surprise

Certified AutoBrokers surprised Miss Elizabeth Triggs of None Like You/We Care Outreach with a new vehicle. Their generous donation will support her mission to help those in-need in the City of Good Neighbors.

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.

McKinley HS Second Suspect Presser

DA John Flynn joined by Mayor Byron Brown and leaders of the Buffalo Police Department to announce the arrest of a second suspect in the McKinley High School shooting, stabbing investigation.

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.

ECSO BPD Gun Arrests Presser April 2022

DA John Flynn joined the Buffalo Police Department, Erie County Sheriff's Office and the FBI to announce multiple arrests following as part of ongoing, multi-agency investigations to remove illegal guns from our streets.

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. 

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