Erie County Democrats

Syposs clarifies support of Clinton, Sanders

Earlier this week, The Buffalo Chronicle reported that the politically influential former Deputy Election Commissioner and City of Tonawanda Democratic Party Chairperson is supporting Bernie Sanders for President, based on supportive commentary made on social media. “Reposting of positions of Bernie Sanders does

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Presidential Election 2016

BLM: “Bernie, come to Buffalo”

Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux is the region’s highest profile advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and is the Chairperson of Young Black Democrats of Western New York, a coalition of activists that has mobilized the minority community around education and economic

Presidential Election 2016

Plouffe: “Primary is anything but locked up”

President Barak Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, said “this primary is anything but locked up,” in a fundraising solicitation behalf of the former Secretary of State. The email fundraising solicitation reads as if the Clinton camp is worried and

Cheektowaga

Benczkowski to be sworn in Wednesday

Diane Benczkowski, an energetic rising star in local politics, is scheduled to be sworn into office as Cheektowaga’s Town Supervisor — only the second woman in history to hold the coveted position in a town where politics is sport. Benczkowski was

NY Senate

Senator Coppola may have an uncontested primary

Former Senator Alfred T. Coppola is a widely respected elder statesman of local politics, and is leading freshman Senator Marc Panepinto in Democratic Party primary polling that puts him ahead by a 2-to-1 margin. Influential figures in the Democratic Party want Coppola

Economy

State development agencies secretive on spending

BY TONY FARINA, The Niagara Falls Reporter I’ve written articles for several publications in recent months and years about the lack of transparency employed by state development agencies that spend millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on various projects and big

Education

NYSUT looking for candidate to challenge Rob Ortt?

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), a statewide union group, and Niagara County Democrats are hoping to empower the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the state senate this year by targeting contestable Republican districts with strong pro-teacher candidates. The

NY Senate

Panepinto refuses to step aside

Freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto has been called the weakest incumbent in the chamber, having won his district with just over 31% of the vote with current polling putting the incumbent at only 34% in a hypothetical Republican matchup. Despite

Cheektowaga

Benczkowski may challenge Kennedy to help Grant

The newly elected Cheektowaga town supervisor Diane Benczkowski — considered a rising star in local politics — is thinking about dabbling in state senate politics this year, a source familiar with her thinking tells The Chronicle. A Benczkowski run for State Senate

Mass Transit

Don’t let the NFTA screw up the riverfront

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is considering two alternatives in its planning of an extension of the light rail system to the the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and the future site of an anticipated Buffalo  Bills Stadium. The first —

Erie County Democrats

Primary drama divides HQ, as Reese goes to work

Gayle Syposs, the former Deputy Elections Commissioner and City of Tonawanda Chairwoman, defected from the Hillary Clinton camp of the party and publicly announced her support of Bernie Sanders several months ago on social media. Chairman Jeremy Zellner and his mentor,

Republican Party

Cox to fund moderates in WNY?

Buffalo based businessman Carl Paladino is flirting with another run for Governor of New York. Observers suspect that Paladino is posturing to force out the current party Chairman Ed Cox — a moderate establishment figure who Paladino has lambasted harshly

Corruption

Brown, Evanko thick as thieves

Today — at the second full day of the allegedly ‘public’ hearing to remove Joe Mascia as an elected official under New York State Housing Law — hearing officer Anne E. Evanko instructed court officers to detain and search a

Preservation

Paladino has preservationists outraged

Buffalo Rising, the city’s leading publication on architecture and development and something of a digital town square for the body politic, has erupted with criticism after the unveiling of a $75 million project being proposed by Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development. The