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Does Darius Pridgen have trouble with his base?

Council President Darius Pridgen has political problems with the base of support that elected him. A wealthy pastor of one of the poorest congregations in the city, the Councilman’s expensive tastes, flamboyant style, and coziness with the city’s most wealthy

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Mascia, Pridgen, Schroeder take the Conservative Party nomination

On Thursday night, the Conservative party offered its nomination to Housing Commissioner Joe Mascia — a clear rejection of the longtime incumbent David Franzcyk, who has overseen the utter collapse of his Fillmore district neighborhood over the past three decades. Franzcyk requested

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Candelario’s privatization strategy endorsed by the Common Council

At Common Council proceedings earlier this week, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority was authorized to transfer ownership of AD Price Courts, a historically significant public housing complex that has long suffered from deliberate disinvestment and mismanagement. The complex, now entirely vacant,

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Joe Ludwig takes the gloves off in Fillmore

Local businessman Joe Ludwig just placed a stinging billboard advertisement attacking a career politician. Ludwig is challenging longtime incumbent Councilman David Franczyk, who has overseen the collapse of his Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood and the implosion of the Eastside’s Polish community. The

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Latino community still upset with Rivera

Councilman David Rivera has “betrayed” the Latino community, say longtime West Side activists. They are still upset over a 2011 redistricting of the Common Council that ensured that the Latino community would not be able to cultivate political influence in

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Golombek announces March 4th fundraiser

Councilman Joe Golombek, who is considered politically unbeatable in the Common Council’s North District, has announced a fundraiser for March 4th — this Wednesday. The fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Post on Amherst Street, which is a departure

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Does school board experience help a McCarthy council race?

Political operatives disagree whether Jason McCarthy’s two terms on the Buffalo Board of Education will help or hurt his chances of being elected to the Common Council this year. He is widely expected to seek the Delaware district seat. McCarthy’s

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Activists want Fillmore district Councilman to retire

David Franczyk has served on Buffalo’s Common Council since the 1970s. He has overseen the social and economic collapse of the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood, which was once one of the city’s most bustling commercial districts. Despite his long tenure and

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Growing support for an Elmwood Village council district

Some city residents are saying that the city’s healthiest and most robust neighborhood — Allentown and the Elmwood Village — deserves it’s own Common Council district. And they don’t want to wait until the 2020 census for the next redistricting.

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Wyatt likely to see challenge in University district

Rasheed Wyatt, the city’s University district councilman, is likely to see a primary challenge next year. Wyatt is politically untested, lacks name recognition, doesn’t have a portfolio of accomplishments on which incumbents typically run, and has held his Council seat

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Rivera could face Bernice Radle in the Niagara district

The city’s well organized and wildly energized preservation community has been searching desperately for political leadership. Rumor has it that they have found their candidate in Bernice Radle, the do-it-yourself development guru and co-founder of Buffalove Development. The incumbent, David

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Heated primary battle expected in Delaware district

Political operatives expect north district school board member Jay McCarthy to primary Councilman Mike LoCurto in the city’s Delaware district next year. McCarthy hasn’t made his intentions public and LoCurto hasn’t decided whether or not to run for reelection, but