City

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.

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City

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

NY Senate

AMID CORRUPTION PROBE, MAZIARZ WILL NOT RUN AGAIN

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. PoliticsNY.net is reporting that the staffers were

NY Senate

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.

City

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,

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

The war that Carl started: Is Jay McCarthy fit for office?

Carl Paladino’s brute demeanor, un-tempered style, and lack of any background in education has shaped the city’s political discourse on school reform for years. Presumably because he ran (haphazardly) for governor, the Buffalo News has offered him an unfiltered platform that has

Education

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

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