Canada

Rene Jones ridiculed by local activists for skipping NAFTA negotiations in Montreal

M&T Bank’s new CEO Rene Jones has just recently taken the helm — a top 20 American bank by market capitalization and Western New York’s largest employer — but local activists are already ridiculing the CEO for a perceived leadership

Commerce

All eyes are on M&T Bank’s new CEO Rene Jones

The late M&T Bank CEO Robert Wilmers was as close as one could come to reigning over Western New York as its titular monarch.  The installation of Rene Jones as Wilmers’ successor at the Bank is of no small consequence

Media

Buffalo News lambasted for all-White prospectus gala

Yesterday, The Buffalo News hosted its annual prospectus gala at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Williamsville. Sources liken the event to Cape Town in the 1980s, under apartheid.  Attendees report that there may have been one or two minorities in

Media

NBC wants Megyn Kelly to host a second hour on Today

Programing executives at NBC want Megyn Kelly to manage and produce a second hour of its flagship morning program, Today — and they want her to get political. The network’s executives think that they are underutilizing Kelly, who is one of the nation’s preeminent

Governor

Cuomo is worried about Tim Wu

Political operatives close to Governor Andrew Cuomo say that he is worried this election year, and particularly worried about a lesser known challenger whose background, credentials, and reputation could soundly defeat him on the left. The potential gubernatorial challenger is

Courts

WNY defense attorneys, ranked

This year’s Top 5 Criminal Defense Attorneys have been released, ranked annually by The Chronicle.  If you need them, these are the top guys in town to turn to — if you can afford them.  This year, Vacco is ranked number one (despite

Commerce

Golisano is ‘open’ to M&T Bank merger with Paychex

Billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, the founder and chairman of Paychex, the Rochester area firm valued at more than $25 billion, is open to merger talks with Buffalo based M&T Bank, whose market capitalization stands around $28 billion, a source familiar

NY Lt. Governor

Cuomo is willing to give Hochul the governorship in 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a strong play for Western New York in his third reelection effort, even as former County Executive Joel Giambra and other Western New Yorkers consider gubernatorial bids.  That he recently decided to retain Lt. Governor

NY Senate

Mascia may run for 60th district seat to thwart Jacobs

Observers predict that the high profile anti-corruption activist, Joe Mascia, will run for State Senate on the Conservative or Tea Party line, in an effort to thwart the reelection of freshman Republican Senator Chris Jacobs.  When Jacobs was County Clerk,

NY Senate

Local film industry is angry with Rob Ortt

When freshman Senator Rob Ortt, a Republican of North Tonawanda, sent out a mailer to supporters last week lambasting the the Cuomo administration’s film industry tax credit, he probably thought that he was speaking to a receptive audience. But the

NY Senate

Kennedy asked to return $5,400 from opioid pushers

Senator Tim Kennedy (D-South Buffalo) is being asked by constituent groups to return $5,400 in campaign contributions that he has accepted from firms that have contributed to the Nation’s opioid epidemic. Kennedy has accepted money from Allergan and Pfizer.  Allergan