Former Maziarz machine approaches an uneasy detente

For decades Senator George Maziarz was the godfather of Niagara County politics.  He was once a leading power broker in Albany, but his resignation following rumors of a looming FBI investigation caused his political empire to unfold. That those eventual charges, brought by a politically ambitious and particularly partisan Attorney General, would be settled with a $1,000 fine, largely vindicates Maziarz in the eyes of … Continue reading Former Maziarz machine approaches an uneasy detente

Cox to fund moderates in WNY

Buffalo based businessman Carl Paladino is flirting with another run for Governor of New York. Observers suspect that Paladino is posturing to force out the current party Chairman Ed Cox — a moderate establishment figure who Paladino has lambasted harshly since his 2010 gubernatorial effort. Paladino wants to install a loyalist to exersize greater influence over the state organization. Most observers expect Paladino to demand the … Continue reading Cox to fund moderates in WNY

Operatives say that Jacobs will eventually regain lost credibility

The local Republican Party is perhaps more fractious than ever. The aftermath of an intensive months long behind the scenes contest for the nomination for County Executive left warring factions bruised and demoralized. The contest was at times bitter, with County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and County Clerk Chris Jacobs each maneuvering for the nomination. Mychajliw was elected with the help of Jacobs, who took him … Continue reading Operatives say that Jacobs will eventually regain lost credibility

Will Langworthy throw around clout in Senate Leadership battle?

Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy is an influential figure in New York State’s Grand Old Party. He is credited for building a robust political apparatus in a county that is enrolled nearly 2-to-1 Democrat. Under his leadership, local Republicans have one the County Comptrollers Office, the County Clerk’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and solid majority control of the County Legislature. That’s a solid record of accomplishment that has … Continue reading Will Langworthy throw around clout in Senate Leadership battle?

What could Langworthy possibly be thinking?

That’s the question posed by political observers from across the left-right spectrum. Earlier this month Clerk Chris Jacobs and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw both declined to run for County Executive this cycle. Since then, Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy has been advancing the candidacy of Assemblyman Ray Walter of Amherst. Walter is an abrasive personality in local politics, popular among a certain right wing suburban angry guy … Continue reading What could Langworthy possibly be thinking?

Jacobs declines to run, as “Draft Dixon” effort heats up

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, thought to be the GOP’s strongest challenger to incumbent County Executive Mark Poloncarz, has declined to run for higher office this year. “It’s just not the right time for me,” Jacobs is quoted as saying to the Buffalo News.  The announcement comes just a week after County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw announced that he would step aside for Jacobs to run. Mychajliw was … Continue reading Jacobs declines to run, as “Draft Dixon” effort heats up

Mychajliw, on the outs, must prove himself to GOP leaders

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw was conspiring with Republican political operative Michael Caputo to aggressively primary County Clerk Chris Jacobs for County Executive. But party leaders have pushed back hard against that prospect in recent weeks, effectively putting the 41 year old’s ambitions in check. They viewed his eagerness to divide the party as unseemly, and they took offense to his disrespectful posture towards Jacobs — who … Continue reading Mychajliw, on the outs, must prove himself to GOP leaders