NY Senate

Does Senator Ortt’s plan for casino cash go far enough?

By Mike Hudson, The Niagara Falls Reporter State Sen. Rob Ortt wants to reverse the state and local split of the slot machine revenue take at the Seneca Niagara Casino and give Niagara Falls 75 percent, leaving the state with

NY Senate

Chris Jacobs offends poor people

County Clerk Chris Jacobs is doubling down on his call for an earlier bar closing time, despite the issue igniting a scathing discourse with sharply classist overtones. The issue is dividing the city between its blue collar populace and its

Seneca Nation

Why is Jordan Levy sitting on Seneca Holdings’ board?

This morning the venture capitalist Jordan Levy, known by his friends colloquially as “the Mayor of Buffalo” for his influence and hometown pride, testified in the corruption trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. For years, Levy had been accepting hundreds

Congress

Critics say Higgins’ campaign finance plan is full of loopholes

March of this year Congressman Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) advanced a self-drafted plan to reform campaign finance laws pertaining to Congressional elections, titled “Restoring Confidence Through Smarter Campaigns Act,” (HR 1495). On its face, the bill would seem to advance

Commerce

Obama and Trudeau should open the Canadian border

It would require the elimination of customs tariffs, border crossing fees, and travel restrictions between the federal governments of the United States and Canada — but the concept of an open northern border is more politically plausible in the current

Cheektowaga

Possible contenders for County Sheriff

Democratic Party infighting has long thwarted efforts to take the Count Sheriff’s office, held by Republican Tim Howard since 2005, when he succeeded the newly elected Senator Patrick Gallivan, the Republican who held the office since 1998. After 18 years

Niagara Falls

Parlato: Blame NYPA for sky-high electric costs

By Frank Parlato, The Niagara Falls Reporter  Some things don’t add up. For instance, there is no cheap electrical power in Niagara Falls! That’s funny, too, because this is where power is generated. Search around the globe, and you won’t

NY Assembly

Democrats consider Assembly contests

State Assembly districts are not typically high profile or high spending contests since the chamber is solidly controlled by the Democrats’ majority. That majority has gerrymandered a structural advantage for Democrats while denying the Republican members the same level of staff

NY Senate

Bar closing times likely to complicate Stocker-Jacobs primary

Chris Jacobs has not yet made his intentions to run for State Senate public, but sources say that Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy is pushing the County Clerk to challenge Kenmore attorney Kevin Stocker for the 60th district Senate seat.

Housing Authority

Mascia recruits top civil rights attorney in fight with BMHA

Commissioner Joe Mascia has retained the Buffalo Niagara region’s top civil rights attorney to fight the Mayor’s politically motivated charges against him. The Mayor and his appointees to BHMA’s board of commissioners made those charges while Mascia was running for Common Council,

Courts

Let the county recycle the old federal courthouse

The former United States Federal Courthouse has been vacant since the opening of the new Robert F. Jackson Courthouse built opposite its old location on Niagara Square. The General Services Administration has circulated a request for proposals and Congressman Brian