County Legislature races likely to increase City voters’ turnout

The First and Second Districts of the Erie County Legislature — comprising a vast swath of the City of Buffalo — are shaping up to be highly contested campaigns with strong, well-known competitors emerging from across the city.  Those races are likely to generate a higher turnout among inner city voters, which political observers predict will help boost the insurgent Mayoral campaign of Legislator Betty Jean Grant. Grant’s … Continue reading County Legislature races likely to increase City voters’ turnout

Grant calls on Sheriff Howard to answer questions at a Legislature hearing

County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has sponsored a resolution compelling the appearance of Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, following his appearance at what many activists called a “Klan-style” rally where prominent White supremacists were in attendance for the purpose of recruitment.  That event was premised as a “Spirit of America” rally and organized by Carl Paladino. Horace Scott Lacy was prominently in attendance.  Lacy admitted to … Continue reading Grant calls on Sheriff Howard to answer questions at a Legislature hearing

Four year terms for county legislators is a bad idea

BY PAUL WOLF, ESQ.  Every 10 years a Charter Revision Commission is formed by the Erie County Legislature to review and propose changes to the Erie County Charter. It consists of 19 volunteer members. The Erie County Charter is the governing law which sets out the form of County government and the powers and duties of the County’s officers. The newest Charter Revision Commission was … Continue reading Four year terms for county legislators is a bad idea

Quinn stays cool despite criticism from Mills

By Tony Farina, The Niagara Falls Reporter Jack Quinn, the former congressman and Hamburg supervisor who has been president of Erie Community College since 2008, didn’t seem too rattled last week when fellow Republican John Mills, chairman of the Erie County Legislature, publicly criticized ECC for not telling lawmakers about the college’s plan to work with the city on the development of a parcel near the … Continue reading Quinn stays cool despite criticism from Mills

Joe Lorigo may face tough questions in reelection attempt

County Legislator Joe Lorigo is the son of Ralph Lorigo, the Conservative Party Chairman — a transactional but longtime figure in local politics. The elder Lorigo’s willingness to dole his party’s line to both Democrats and Republicans has earned him outsized political influence for a minor party of its size. The elder Lorigo has been criticized for ideological inconsistency, causing some to speculate that self-dealing motivations … Continue reading Joe Lorigo may face tough questions in reelection attempt