Erie County Democrats

Syposs clarifies support of Clinton, Sanders

Earlier this week, The Buffalo Chronicle reported that the politically influential former Deputy Election Commissioner and City of Tonawanda Democratic Party Chairperson is supporting Bernie Sanders for President, based on supportive commentary made on social media. “Reposting of positions of Bernie Sanders does

Presidential Election 2016

Plouffe: “Primary is anything but locked up”

President Barak Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, said “this primary is anything but locked up,” in a fundraising solicitation behalf of the former Secretary of State. The email fundraising solicitation reads as if the Clinton camp is worried and


Peter F. Paul threatens to expose Hillary Clinton

Peter F. Paul, a major contributor to Bill and Hillary Clinton when they were still in the White House, is alleging that he gave the Clintons $2 million in campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton’s Senate bid in 2000 that she did not


Benczkowski to be sworn in Wednesday

Diane Benczkowski, an energetic rising star in local politics, is scheduled to be sworn into office as Cheektowaga’s Town Supervisor — only the second woman in history to hold the coveted position in a town where politics is sport. Benczkowski was


Mike Deely shows teachers how to waste $1.4 million

Mike Deely is the regional director of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the political arm of the state’s public teachers’ unions. He is tasked with spending million of dollars — from the paychecks of hardworking teachers in the classroom —


Evander Kane has a really hot girlfriend

Buffalo Sabers player Evander Kane is being accused of rape in an incident that allegedly occurred last Sunday at the Harbor Center hotel room where he lives. Kane is a well liked public figure know for his charitable work in

NY Senate

Senator Coppola may have an uncontested primary

Former Senator Alfred T. Coppola is a widely respected elder statesman of local politics, and is leading freshman Senator Marc Panepinto in Democratic Party primary polling that puts him ahead by a 2-to-1 margin. Influential figures in the Democratic Party want Coppola


State development agencies secretive on spending

BY TONY FARINA, The Niagara Falls Reporter I’ve written articles for several publications in recent months and years about the lack of transparency employed by state development agencies that spend millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on various projects and big


NYSUT looking for candidate to challenge Rob Ortt?

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), a statewide union group, and Niagara County Democrats are hoping to empower the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the state senate this year by targeting contestable Republican districts with strong pro-teacher candidates. The

NY Senate

Panepinto refuses to step aside

Freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto has been called the weakest incumbent in the chamber, having won his district with just over 31% of the vote with current polling putting the incumbent at only 34% in a hypothetical Republican matchup. Despite


Benczkowski may challenge Kennedy to help Grant

The newly elected Cheektowaga town supervisor Diane Benczkowski — considered a rising star in local politics — is thinking about dabbling in state senate politics this year, a source familiar with her thinking tells The Chronicle. A Benczkowski run for State Senate

Mass Transit

Don’t let the NFTA screw up the riverfront

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is considering two alternatives in its planning of an extension of the light rail system to the the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and the future site of an anticipated Buffalo  Bills Stadium. The first —

Republican Party

Cox to fund moderates in WNY?

Buffalo based businessman Carl Paladino is flirting with another run for Governor of New York. Observers suspect that Paladino is posturing to force out the current party Chairman Ed Cox — a moderate establishment figure who Paladino has lambasted harshly


Brown, Evanko thick as thieves

Today — at the second full day of the allegedly ‘public’ hearing to remove Joe Mascia as an elected official under New York State Housing Law — hearing officer Anne E. Evanko instructed court officers to detain and search a


Activists say Higgins should return Honeywell contributions

Congressman Brian Higgins is at the epicenter of the United States’ National Security apparatus, with assignments to both the House Homeland Security and House Foreign Affairs committees. On Homeland Security, he is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and


State cannot afford project labor agreements

BY RICH PURTELL A project labor agreement is a protectionist strategy, usually applied to public work, which mandates a certain labor pool to be used for a construction project.  New York State already has a prevailing wage law for public


Paladino has preservationists outraged

Buffalo Rising, the city’s leading publication on architecture and development and something of a digital town square for the body politic, has erupted with criticism after the unveiling of a $75 million project being proposed by Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development. The

Housing Authority

Mascia still working for residents as public hearing approaches

Last Thursday a well respected leader and organizer in the Latino community, Alberto Cappas, reached out to city housing commissioner Joe Mascia. Cappas is helping minority youth find jobs and had two resumes from veterans struggling to find work. He reached


If Higgins departs, local politicians would scramble

Republican Party operative Michael Caputo, who enjoys a “public relations” contract at the Erie County Water Authority, broke a story last month that was later retracted, after a staffer from the local congressional office complained. Some say that the story was


Madigan demands term limits in aftermath of Albany scandals

Newly elected Grand Island Councilman Mike Madigan has released a statement on the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — and is using a moment of intense public disgust to advance term