He served as clerk of Erie County, New York from 1949 to 1951. He was elected mayor on November 3, 1953, as the Democratic candidate. During his term, large highways were constructed to improve transportation in the city. After his term he returned to automobile sales and worked at a number of patronage jobs with the city.
Steven Pankow in The Hot WarEdit
In May 1952, Steven Pankow hosted an event in Buffalo, where President Harry Truman spoke in support of the Democratic Party's campaign to choose his successor. With his self-confidence, glibness, and the money he'd acquired from a successful career in car sales, Pankow seemed a shoe-in for the next mayorial election. After his speech, Truman congratulated Pankow for keeping his introduction short and to the point. As a man with ties to Poland, Pankow had plenty of reason to support the ongoing war against the Russians.
| Political offices|
|Mayor of Buffalo, New York|
| Succeeded by|
Frank A. Sedita