County Executive

Mychajliw, on the outs, must prove himself to GOP leaders

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw was conspiring with Republican political operative Michael Caputo to aggressively primary County Clerk Chris Jacobs for County Executive. But party leaders have pushed back hard against that prospect in recent weeks, effectively putting the 41


Latino community still upset with Rivera

Councilman David Rivera has “betrayed” the Latino community, say longtime West Side activists. They are still upset over a 2011 redistricting of the Common Council that ensured that the Latino community would not be able to cultivate political influence in


Keresztes likely to become next Superintendent

The Buffalo Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services, Will Keresztes, is the frontrunner to become the district’s next Superintendent. Discussions among the majority bloc are currently ongoing, but Keresztes has a strong base of goodwill among the board members and


Benczkowski announces run for Cheektowaga Supervisor

The popular town Councilwoman Diane Benczkowski is officially in the race for Cheektowaga Supervisor, she announced Wednesday. “I want to thank Supervisor Holtz for her 40 years of hard work and dedication to the Town of Cheektowaga, both as Supervisor


Benczkowski to announce candidacy for Supervisor tonight

Today at 6:30 pm, Diane Benczkowski, current Councilwoman for the Town of Cheektowaga will announce her candidacy for Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor this year. She will make the announcement during her fundraising event “Celebrate Spring” at the R Bar &


Public corruption is much more than bribery

By Rich Purtell  The landmark US Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC, decided in 2010, protected free speech but unfortunately as a consequence the ruling essentially established that political corruption and bribery are synonyms.  For hundreds of years prior


School board contemplates the search for next Superintendent

The Executive Affairs committee of the Buffalo School Board had a sometimes heated discussion this evening contemplating the search and selection of the next Superintendent. The minority bloc of the school board is pushing for a national search, while the


District parents’ council pushes the receivership strategy

Today, at the Fillmore Avenue office of the Citizen Action Organization (CAO), the President of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) announced three new civil rights complaints that will be filed by parents of Buffalo public school children with the


Cheektowaga meeting gets heated, lawsuit threatened

A meeting of the Cheektowaga Town Board became heated tonight, when Supervisor Mary Holtz brought a motion to amend a town policy relating to the use of comp time. The work of the town’s highway department is seasonal, with intense

County Executive

Caputo is plotting against Jacobs, says source

The Buffalo Chronicle received an anonymous email this morning detailing a Sunday meeting between Republican political operative Michael Caputo (who mismanaged Carl Paladino’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign with much fanfare) and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, whose short tenure has stirred much

Rumor & Innuendo

Weekly wrap up of rumor and innuendo…

Old dogs still play tricks. Rumor around town is that Joe Ferris, who many refer to as “Frank Max’s right hand man,” called the Grapevine Restaurant (where Erie County Democrats are planning on hosting a fundraiser) to tell the restaurant that

County Executive

Perfect storm for Poloncarz makes reelection unlikely

County Executive Mark Poloncarz is riding high on a poll that says his favorability is at 67%. But asking a respondent whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of the County Executive doesn’t translate into votes. When you change the

Housing Authority

Inspector General slams BMHA’s suspect contracting practices

In response to a complaint about the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s legal expenses and contracting processes, the New York Inspector General’s Office has issued an audit report that slam’s the agency’s management and Board. The BMHA has spent millions on


Malicious petition raises questions about media bias

A petition was started on this morning that claimed to support changing the name of the City of Buffalo. The petitioner alleged that the use of the world “Buffalo” was offensive because it recalled a history of genocide and