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Challengers floated in 62nd district, as Ortt considers options

Political operatives associated with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ mainline Democratic caucus are contemplating potential candidates to challenge Senator Robert Ortt, of North Tonawanda.  The 62nd district stretches from Niagara Falls to Rochester. The most prominent names being floated are Mayor Paul Dyster

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Democrats’ strength in Amherst has Senator Ranzenhofer worried

Democrats’ stunning election night victories in Amherst have sent shockwaves across Western New York’s political scene.  The vote-heavy town is typically a Republican stronghold, but the unpopularity of Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard led to sweeping losses for Republicans who

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As always, a fierce contest expected in 60th Senate district

The 60th district is rare in the State Senate Chamber.  In the last two decades, the seat has switched occupants more than any other: Anthony Nanula, Al Coppola, Byron Brown, Marc Coppola, Antoine Thompson, Mark Grisanti, Marc Panepinto, and Chris

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Activists urge Benczkowski to run for 63rd district Senate seat

The wildly popular Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski — the region’s highest profile advocate for infrastructure modernization — is being urged by environmental activists to seek the 63rd District’s State Senate seat.  The district comprises Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, Depew, South Buffalo,


Schumer pressured to prioritize Rust Belt in infrastructure plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the federal government, is being pressured by a Midwestern contingent of the party to prioritize struggling legacy cities in the formerly industrial Midwest in any infrastructure bill that emerges in


Pivotal political contests will animate much of 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Andrew Cuomo hasn’t made it completely clear that he intends to run for reelection.  He is widely expected to be a key witness in the upcoming public corruption trial of his chief lieutenant and political