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Phone: 716-852-4033

Email: westernregion@nyclu.org

Members of the media can call 716-332-4658 or 716-863-4035.

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About Us

The NYCLU Western Regional Office serves the following counties: Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming.

Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Constitution. Our office is located at 712 Main St. in Buffalo, New York.

Anyone interested in learning more about us is encouraged to call us at (716) 852-4033 or e-mail us at westernregion@nyclu.org for information. Members of the media can call (716) 332-4658 or 716-863-4035.

History

The Erie County Civil Liberties Committee (ECCL) was formed in 1934 and affiliated with the national American Civil Liberties Union.

Around 1951, the organization changed its name to the Niagara Frontier Branch of the ACLU. That same year, the New York Civil Liberties Union was established in New York City.

In 1963, an Upstate New York Division (UNYD) was created consisting of the Niagara Frontier Branch (re-designated as the Niagara Frontier Chapter), the Genesee Valley Chapter in Rochester, and the Central New York Chapter covering Syracuse and Ithaca. During this era, the UNYD shared staff and an office with the Niagara Frontier Chapter.

In 1965, the UNYD merged with the New York Civil Liberties Union to form a statewide organization and the UNYD was abolished.

From 1965 until 1980, the Niagara Frontier Chapter was affiliated with both the national American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

In April 1982 the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union decertified, with Western New York being more properly represented by the “Buffalo Office” of the NYCLU (1982-86), and finally, in 1987, as the Western Regional Office of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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