Every year Buffalo Business First collects the top 250 powerful people in Western New York from business, religion, medical, health, government, radio, television and sports into one major list. Let's go over the top 5 most powerful people in Buffalo and exactly what their claim-to-fame is.

  • 1

    Kathy Hochul

    She's the lieutenant governor of New York State.

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  • 2

    Howard Zemsky

    Howard Zemsky is all over the place. He's a managing partner of Taurus Capital Partners LLC; chairman of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Western New York Regional Development Council.

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    Jeremy Jacobs

    Legend Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman and owner of Delaware North, the chairman of the National Hockey League Board of Governors and the owner of the Boston Bruins.

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    Brian Higgins

    Higgins is the congressman, 26th Congressional District (Buffalo, Amherst, Niagara Falls) and belongs to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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    Carl Paladino

    Carl's a massive businessman and political activist, chairman and founder of Ellicott Development. Also, a recent addition to the Buffalo School Board.

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