New York Skies (Cheryl Costa)

UFOs in Western and Northern NY

Columnist Cheryl Costa explores the nature of the counties in the 27th & 21st Congressional Districts.

For residents of western and northern New York, it came as no surprise that its Congressional Districts were hot beds of UFO activity.

In last week’s article, I shared New York’s UFO sighting numbers sorted by Congressional Districts. The response was positive and supportive.

What intrigued me was that many local people grew up in some of the top UFO districts. The question they all universally asked was: What was the UFO distribution in my district?

Two folks from western New York and the 27th district specifically said to me, “Hey, Cheryl. The UFOs had to be in Erie County!”

Several people from the told me that in their opinion, the border county of Saint Lawrence had to be tops for sightings. Naturally, I was interested in what former locals from those areas had to say.


The top District for UFO sightings in New York is the 27th district. Anyone from that region can tell you that Erie County is the heavy hitter for sightings. In fact, Lake Erie is known in UFO circles for having large numbers of UFO sightings that have been dubbed the Lake Erie Effect. Also in the immediate region is Niagara County, known for sightings associated with the Lake Erie effect. The entire Niagara frontier has been a hot bed for UFO activity dating back to the 19th century. The earliest UFO sighting on record for the region is from November 1833, when a large cube-shaped UFO hovered over Niagara Falls for many hours and was seen by both Americans and Canadians.


Now in northern New York, the 21st district has a different situation. The top county is Saratoga, which is in the eastern part of the state, just north of Albany. The Capitol region is also one of New York’s hot spots.

The second heavy hitter county in the 21st district is Saint Lawrence. This county borders Canada and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. One of the earliest recorded UFO sightings in Saint Lawrence County was in July of 1884 in the village of Norwood. Residents there observed a “Saturn-shaped” object that hovered and cruised over the region before departing. UFO sightings along American and Canadian border are historically numerous and noteworthy.

Next week, we’ll look at other top New York UFO sighting hot spots in other Congressional districts.

Let’s look at some recent UFO Sightings in the Empire State:

Mar. 5, 2016: At 9:30 p.m., a motorist in Holtsville observed a bright flash and saw a five-sided object flying west at a leisurely pace.

Mar. 8, 2016: At 5:20 a.m., several residents in Buffalo reported odd, non-aviation lights hovering over the airport.

Mar. 8, 2016: At 5:30 p.m., a New York City resident on a commuter flight observed a bright disc-shaped object flying at a high rate of speed and passed the jet liner he was on.

Mar. 14, 2016: At 1:01 a.m., a New York City resident observed an object that changed color rapidly.

If you are interested in joining a monthly UFO discussion group in the Onondaga County area, drop Cheryl an email [email protected]. If you have a UFO sighting to report, you can use either one of the two national database services: or Both services respect confidentiality.

Cheryl Costa would love to hear the when, where and what of your New York sighting. Email it to [email protected]. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.


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