Erie County Democrats

The Pigeon faction contemplates candidates for Chairman

The high profile political operative G. Steven Pigeon and his associates recognize their strategic missteps last year. The faction backed Amherst Councilman Mark Manna for Chairman at the last minute. Manna was left without the time, resources, or game plan

Common Council

Politician photobombs opponents, making for awkward moments

When you tell someone that David Franczyk has been on the Common Council since 1986, they expect a seasoned and well-groomed statesman — a skilled orator with charm, a conversationalist with personality. But they would be very wrong, because the longtime

Common Council

Deep unpopularity has made Franczyk “paranoid and delusional”

The longtime Fillmore district councilman who has grown deeply unpopular among his constituents is cracking under pressure, says a longtime city employee who works at city hall. David Franczyk is “visibly paranoid and delusional” the source says. Earlier this week,

Erie County Democrats

Winnie Fisher refuses to meet with prospective candidates

Alden Democrat Chair Winnie Fisher, who ran unsuccessfully for county legislature in 2013, is now causing some her party stalwarts concern for not interviewing prospective candidates for public office. A longtime Democrat committee member writes: …meanwhile out in Alden country

County Legislature

Quinn stays cool despite criticism from Mills

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter Jack Quinn, the former congressman and Hamburg supervisor who has been president of Erie Community College since 2008, didn’t seem too rattled last week when fellow Republican John Mills, chairman of the Erie County

Niagara Falls

Hamister seeking big return on Hyatt Place deal

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter City and state leaders promised a hotel to save downtown Niagara Falls if only Mark Hamister were treated kindly enough by taxpayers with a gift-wrapped, nearly free, prime downtown parcel at 310 Rainbow Blvd.

Corruption

Public procurement ‘S-words’ and cronyism

By Rich Purtell Standardization. Single Sourcing. Sole Sourcing. Strategic Sourcing. These have all become common techniques used in the purchase of government goods and services. “Procurement” is the term used to mean the professional buying profession. Without proper accountability in

Campaign Finance

Cuomo’s medical marijuana law designed for kickbacks, say operatives

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s medical marijuana law — which passed the state legislature last year — is being characterized by local political operatives as “designed for kickbacks.” The law authorizes only a handful of permits statewide — presumably to extort big campaign

Cheektowaga

Does Brian Magierski understand Cheektowaga politics?

Town Clerk and former Councilwoman Alice Magierski is running for town supervisor, but after early missteps observers wonder if she is being well served by her campaign manager. Brian Magierski, her son, is running her campaign from his Austin, TX