Who will be Buffalo’s next Mayor?

As Deputy Mayor Steve Casey prepares to leave City Hall, political observers expect Mayor Byron Brown to forgo a fourth run for the office. It has been long rumored that Brown will pursue a lucrative position in the private sector.


Pushback from police union on barracks blowup

By James Hufnagel, The Niagara Falls Reporter According to Manuel Vilar, president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the Long Island-based union that represents State Parks Police officers, construction of new barracks on the edge of the

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Forster reflects on downfall of longtime political foe

By Mike Hudson, The Niagara Falls Reporter Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster told the Niagara Falls Reporter that, while he takes no pleasure from the downfall of State Sen. George Maziarz, he believes the post-Maziarz era presents a golden

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Maziarz’s surprise decision comes as federal probe heats up

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter A federal investigation into his campaign spending stemming from the findings by the governor’s now defunct Moreland Commission on Public Corruption may have prompted powerful State Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane to not

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In a shocking political development, longtime Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) has decided not to seek reelection. The resignation comes less than a weak after top aids Alisa Colatarci and Marcus Hall resigned abruptly. is reporting that the staffers were

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Who will fill Mark Grisanti’s Senate Seat?

Perhaps this year’s most exciting election will be held in the State Senate’s 60th district, the seat now held by Mark Grisanti. In all, six candidates are vying for the nominations of five parties. This is how it brakes down.


Just fix Niagara Square already

Niagara Square has 99 problems, but crowds are not one. The square is framed mostly with government buildings with monumental architecture that was intended to convey an imposing scale that projects governmental authority and stability. When they empty for business,


Newly appointed Superintendent Donald Ogilvie discusses his role

Shortly after he was elected as Buffalo’s next Interim Superintendent, Donald Ogilvie fielded a range of questions from local media outlets, where he explained his general views on education, his management style, and the current state of the Buffalo Public Schools.


Strategy document outlining BPS reforms is released

The school board’s new majority released this three page vision document: 2014_BPS_Vision, WGRZ reports. It’s an impressively aggressive and on-point agenda that promotes a diversity of choices for students and parents, and a diversity of services providers. The document also


Destino not running against Maziarz, may run against Dyster

By Frank Parlato, The Niagara Falls Reporter The schism between County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster and the Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster-controlled city faction of the local Democrats, headed by City Chairwoman Alicia Liable, is evidenced in the candidacy of


Nevergold: Ogilvie lacks turnaround, urban experiences

In an interview with WBFO’s Eileen Buckley, former school board President Dr. Barbara Nevergold says that Donald Ogilvie lacks experience in two key areas that should be demanded of the next Superintendent: urban experience and turnaround experience. Mr. Ogilvie recently


What could a new teachers contract look like?

Today school board President James Sampson announced that Donald Ogilvie will serve as the Buffalo Public School District’s next Interim Superintendent. He will seek the Board’s approval at their Wednesday meeting, the first time that the newly elected majority will


The Superintendent Search: Meet Dr. Susan Enfield

As Buffalo’s Board of Education prepares its search for an Interim Superintendent to manage major restructuring initiatives over the next year or two, the Board will simultaneously search for a permanent Superintendent. We should be sure to recruit the most dynamic leader that


Zephyr Teachout: “I’m the working families’ Democrat”

Zephyr Teachout is the liberal who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo from the left in this year’s Democratic Party. She received 41% of the Working Families Party vote at their convention last month, and caused Governor Cuomo so much worry that


It was a high price to pay to get more for your money today

I heard this song on NPR, and thought it was a compelling critique of the bipartisan destruction of American manufacturing and the increasingly centralized economy that has emerged over the last several decades of capital accumulation that has wrought the Nation with

Presidential Election 2016

Can Condi Rice be convinced to save the GOP?

Watching Iraq unravel and the middle east inflamed with instability makes almost certain that the 2016 presidential election will be consumed in a discourse on foreign policy. A great debate will be had between those who think America has an

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Kennedy vs. Grant: the battle inside the Democratic Party

It’s an interestingly diverse district, drawn after the 2010/11 redistricting process in which the Eastside of Buffalo, South Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and parts of the Westside were bound together in the  63rd State Senate district.  That year, in the neighboring