Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan represents New York’s 149th Assembly District, which includes portions of the Cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna, the Town of Hamburg, and the Villages of Hamburg and Blasdell. He was first elected to the Assembly in September of 2011 in a special election, and re-elected to full terms in November 2012 and 2014.
Sean resides in the City of Buffalo with his wife Catherine Creighton and their two daughters. Sean is a graduate of SUNY College at Fredonia and Brooklyn Law School.
Sean’s broad legal experience includes work for Neighborhood Legal Services, a private law practice collaboration with the Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, concentrating on the rights of disabled students, and the Legal Aide Bureau of Buffalo. His legal career highlights include a record award for a victim of housing discrimination, a successful challenge to a school district’s denial of special education services to children enrolled in parochial schools, and an action to compel enforcement of Buffalo’s Living Wage Ordinance.
In 2008, Sean began working with People United for Sustainable Housing, Inc. to create a non-profit development entity called the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company, Inc. (BNSC). Sean served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of BNSC and worked to create a redevelopment plan for a section of the West Side of Buffalo.
Sean has served on the Board of Directors and has provided legal representation and guidance to numerous non-profit organizations including Buffalo Niagara River Keeper, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Autistic Services Inc, Coalition for Economic Justice, and the City of Buffalo’s Living Wage Commission.
As an Assemblyman, Sean has championed many different issues including reform of our state’s Industrial Development Agencies, increased investment in education, waterfront development, neighborhood redevelopment on Buffalo’s West Side, clean water and environmental protection, and led the effort to create a pedestrian-friendly and neighborhood-focused plan for the redesign of the Scajaquada expressway.