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“I AM THE BOSS” Multi-Millionaire, Politician, Mob Boss, Murderer: Fingy Conners

There are many ways to tell the fascinating tales pertaining to the history of Buffalo. Some people take tours, while others sit down to a good book. These days, more and more of Buffalo’s history is coming to light, thanks to a concerted effort by dedicated enthusiasts who have made it their mission to enlighten people about the various characters that helped to shape this city, for better or worse.

You may have read about this city’s notorious gangster, Fingy Conners, or you might have learned about him on a boat tour of the Buffalo River. Maybe you saw a synopsis of his life on a placard at Canalside? Along with these various “tributes” to the scandalous scoundrel, author Richard Sullivan has compiled a mini documentary that tells the narrative of Fingy in an entertaining way – a way that is both informative and captivating.

Real-life Godfather Fingy Conners—Waterfront Czar, shipping magnate and employer of 6,000 laborers—out-villains both fictional ‘The Godfather’ mob boss Vito Corleone and ‘On The Waterfront’ stevedore boss Johnny Friendly of Hollywood lore. Conners controlled the Great Lakes’ shipping business for decades, ruining thousands of lives in the process.

When I asked Conners about the inspiration behind the video, he said, “I’m going to release the 5th and final Volume “Everybody Dies In The End” of my THE FIRST WARD Buffalo historical novel series June 30, so I put this mini-doc together to generate interest in the doings of my monstrous ancestors.

“[As for the video itself] I (obviously) got inspiration from Ken Burns’ PBS features. I have been a photographer forever and also collect photos, so these photos came from my private collection as well as free public domain online sources such as the Library of Congress and NY Public Library website.

“I hired a great British voiceover artist on that only cost me $80, and there you have it. I have no affiliation with, but it’s a goldmine for creative services on the cheap.”

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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