Common Council

Despite misstep, Mascia pledges to be “an advocate and fighter for the people”

Housing Commissioner Joe Mascia, the Fillmore district candidate for Common Council, intends to be “an advocate and fighter for the people.” Despite the coordinated, deliberate, and long planned smear campaign executed over the last week, the Commissioner intends to win the

Niagara Falls

Dyster ridiculed for squandering casino windfall

By Mike Hudson, The Niagara Falls Reporter Is the city of Niagara Falls better off now that it was when Mayor Paul Dyster was elected eight years ago? Dyster, who holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, might say yes. Critics,

County Executive

Poloncarz finds sweetheart assessment for himself

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter It was not long ago that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz urged the Amherst IDA to reject a law firm’s request for $550,000 in tax breaks for a proposed $4 million office expansion. “Lawyer’s


Magierski hones message with release of campaign video

Town Supervisor candidate Alice Magierski, a friendly and popular figure in Cheektowaga politics, has released a campaign video online and distributed via social media. Magierski, the Town Clerk and Tax Receiver, faces Diane Benczkowski, a first term member of the


Guercio’s, as an economic development strategy

Rumor has it that Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found inspiration in a visit earlier this week to Guercio’s, the ethnic Italian delicatessen that founded by an immigrant family who, four generations later, continue to own and operate it today. The Grant-Ferry landmark

Common Council

Franczyk rejects the Democratic endorsement to become a Republican nominee

According to Democratic Party rules, accepting the Republican nomination for an elected office immediately and automatically disqualifies that candidate from receiving the party’s endorsement. As a nearly 30 year incumbent, David Franczyk received the Committee’s endorsement based on standing party etiquette. But

NY Comptroller

DiNapoli tours Guercio’s to support small business growth

This morning, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli — who controls one of the largest institutional investment funds in the world — toured Guercio’s, the third generation delicatessen that has been a mainstay in the Italian American community for four

Common Council

Sharon Belton-Cottman could face Mike Woolford in Masten 

School board member Sharon Belton Cottman is emerging as the leading Democrat contender to challenge  Mike Woolford, the widely respected Buffalo businessman, for Common Council from Buffalo’s Masten District. Woolford is running on the Conservative line — with the Ellicott district’s Darius Pridgen

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is facing insolvency, says Accardo

NIAGARA FALLS—With the City of Niagara Falls once again facing a budget shortfall, projected to be in excess of $7 million, Niagara Falls business leader and mayoral candidate John Accardo believes that the time has come for the office of

Niagara Falls

Feds interviewing witnesses in Lockport asbestos investigation

By Mike Hudson County spin doctors went into overdrive last week as federal criminal investigators interviewed witnesses and collected evidence relating to the likely illegal removal of dangerous asbestos from the basement of the Shaw Building by a crew of

Erie County Republicans

Langworthy takes his strut at mark of fifth anniversary

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy a celibratory strut in recognition of his five year anniversary as party chairman. Langworthy is the youngest chairman in local GOP history and was elected at the ripe old age of thirty. During his