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

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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