Education

The 60th district primary will test Rumore’s leadership

Phil Rumore, the longtime president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, brings a wisdom and gravitas to politics that his operatives lack. Rumore understands the importance of the 60th State Senate district, which holds the Republican majority in that chamber in

Freedom

The speech that got JFK assassinated

President John F. Kennedy Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City April 27, 1961 Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: I appreciate very much your generous invitation to be here tonight. You bear heavy responsibilities these days and an article I read some

NY Senate

Coppola says stop bashing teachers

Senator Al Coppola, the Democrat running for State Senate against Republican Chris Jacobs, is disgusted with the way that today’s political discourse has wrongly bashed teachers in the media, often using hard working career professionals as political scapegoats — for purposes that often have little to do

County Clerk

Chris Jacobs saves county 100k pens

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs issued a press release this week announcing he saved county taxpayers $45,000 in pens. He reports that after becoming County Clerk in 2013, he learned the office bought $15,000 worth of pens per year, which

Zeitgeist

Attorney General found guilty of perjury, obstruction, abuse of power

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI Barely four years after winning a landslide election as Pennsylvania’s first female Attorney General, Kathleen Kane was convicted Monday of perjury, obstruction, criminal conspiracy, and other crimes relating to an illegal vendetta against a political enemy. The prosecutor,

NY Senate

60th district is hardly a lock for Jacobs

BY TONY FARINA The 60th District State Senate race has it all:  what appears to be a serious GOP primary challenge from Kevin Stocker to the endorsed candidate, Chris Jacobs; a Democratic primary contest including upstart community activist Amber Small,

NY Senate

A primary of consequence for Democrats in the 60th district

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI The retired State Senator and widely respected elder statesman of local politics, Al Coppola is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the 60th district seat — a swing district that frequently determines control of the legislative chamber

District Attorney

Flynn fires back at Flaherty camp in battle for DA

BY TONY FARINA The battle for the job of Erie County district attorney is turning into a war of words between Acting DA Michael Flaherty and his opponent in the Democratic primary, Tonawanda Town Attorney John Flynn. Last week in