Erie County Sheriff

India Cummings was beaten to death by Holding Center deputies

BY MATTHEW ALBERT, ESQ. A tragic and horrific case: My client India Cummings, in the throes of mental illness, clearly incapacitated and incapable of taking care of herself, was put in custody at the Erie County Holding Center on February 1st,

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Education

Mascia may run for school board

BY C.B. MILLER Housing Commissioner Joe Mascia is considering a run for the Central District seat on Buffalo’s Board of Education. Dwayne Kelly, an activist who once circulated a letter in support of Carl Paladino under the pen name “Herman,” has already announced

Common Council

Mascia blasts Council’s Development Committee

BY TERRENCE ROBINSON Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) Commissioner Joseph Mascia, who is currently suspended from acting in an official capacity by order of Mayor Byron Brown, is outraged that the Development Committee of the City of Buffalo Common Council

NY Senate

Jacobs expected to run for State Senate

BY TONY FARINA Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat

NY Senate

Senator Coppola seeks bipartisan support

BY M.J. RICCHIAZZI The widely respected elder statesman of local politics, State Senator Al Coppola, intends to circulate an Opportunity to Ballot petition so that his name may be written in on the Republican primary ballot — in addition to appearing

Education

Union goons line up behind Mecozzi

BY C.B. MILLER Jennifer Mecozzi has announced her intention to seek the Board of Education’s West District seat currently held by James Sampson, a member of Carl Paladino’s majority bloc. The education activist Adrian Fitzgerald Harris, who is not aligned