Rumor & Innuendo

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Westside. More than one of his colleagues says that Councilman David Rivera (D-Niagara) is considering retirement. Rivera is up for reelection this year, and has grown deeply unpopular with Westside residents who are concerned with public health threats posed by

NY Senate

Kennedy’s lack of black staffers causes concern

In the 2010 redistricting process, Senator Tim Kennedy’s district was redrawn to ensure minority representation in the State Senate. It is heavily Democrat-enrolled, and anchored by the large African American population on Buffalo’s Eastside and in West Cheektowaga. He even


Holtz says she doesn’t use Town vehicle improperly

Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary Holtz says that she doesn’t use her Town-owned vehicle improperly, despite not owning a personal vehicle for personal use. The longtime elected official, who served as Town Clerk for over a decade before taking the Supervisor’s


In maverick first year, Benczkowski makes waves

Councilwoman Diane Benczkowski has served in office for a little more than a year. In that short time, she has emerged as the maverick outsider who isn’t afraid to dig in, get to work, and — at times — to


Orfield could be catalyst that unifies Buffalo School factions

Buffalo School Board of Education By: Mike Madigan Activist Gary Orfield is currently investigating Buffalo Public Schools. The investigation was initiated as a result of several Buffalo parents’ complaints regarding segregation and potential related civil rights concerns focused on the


Mary Holtz lambasted for use of taxpayer vehicle

Twenty year incumbent elected official Mary Holtz is in hot water over her personal use of a taxpayer funded vehicle. Operatives say that the revelations make her chances of reelection as Supervisor very unlikely, and they’ve started to wonder aloud whether

County Executive

Poloncarz is feeling pressure on term limits issue

County Executive Marc Poloncarz is feeling the political pressure on the issue of term limits. He has been reluctant to articulate his views on the issue while his political allies, including Legislator Betty Jean Grant, openly oppose term limits. Legislature Majority Leader

NY Senate

NY Post reports that Sen. Young (R-Olean) could replace Dean Skelos

The New York Posts’ longtime Albany bureau chief Fred Dicker is reporting that Republican Senator Catherine Young, of Olean, is rumored to be Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ successor. Skelos considering stepping aside, ahead of a public corruption probe launched by US

County Executive

Republicans consider contenders for County Executive

Erie County Republican Party Chairman Nicholas Langworthy is being credited with a surprisingly unified local party, evidenced by a cordial discourse among a strong group of GOP contenders. Several candidates openly discuss their interest in the County Executive’s office, while others have


Liberal civil rights academic demands delaying reform agenda

By Mike Madigan As per The Buffalo News article of September 10th 2014, the Buffalo School Board voted unanimously to hire Gary Orfield to conduct a study and recommend changes to Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) criteria-based schools admissions process. The


Does school board experience help a McCarthy council race?

Political operatives disagree whether Jason McCarthy’s two terms on the Buffalo Board of Education will help or hurt his chances of being elected to the Common Council this year. He is widely expected to seek the Delaware district seat. McCarthy’s


Cheektowaga scandal could impact the race for County Executive

Last night, the Cheektowaga Town Board refused to make public a report detailing a months-long corruption investigation inside the Town’s Highway Department. The Board did vote to send the report to the New York Attorney General’s Office for further investigation. Highway Superintendent


Larry Quinn refuses to let BPS teacher speak at public meeting

Buffalo School Board member and high-profile area businessman Larry Quinn is coming under intense criticism across the political spectrum for his behavior a at public meeting held on February 4, 2015. As Kevin Gibson, a Buffalo teacher, prepares to speak