The Catholic Dioceses of Buffalo has been in decline for six decades. It was once a mighty institution and the cornerstone of so many of Buffalo’s ethnic communities. The Dioceses’ ornate churches struggle with dwindling congregations and increasing maintenance and repair costs. While the Dioceses has responded by closing more than half its buildings since its heyday, it has done nothing to repurpose them for … Continue reading Will Bishops Malone and Pridgen partner to preserve historic churches?
Following the spectacular and unabashed fall of G. Steven Pigeon, the former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman and the longtime leader of an opposition faction of Democrats, two figures have emerged as the region’s chief power brokers. Pigeon was the region’s leading political consultant with a large portfolio of corporate clients, providing services ranging from government relations to campaign management. Pigeon’s recent absence from the … Continue reading Following Pigeon void, two emerge as WNY’s chief power brokers
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 enforcer Joe Percoco. That trial has engulfed Cuomo’s signature Buffalo Billion program and LP Ciminelli, the firm that has long dominated Western New York’s government … Continue reading Pivotal political contests will animate much of 2018
In an interview on Hardline with Dave Debo, on WBEN NewsRadio 930 AM, County Legislator Betty Jean Grant said she intends to enter the race for Mayor of Buffalo in a formal announcement later this week. Grant says that conditions of the city — especially on the East Side — “are just as prevalent” as they were the day Mayor Byron Brown was elected. She points to … Continue reading Grant tells WBEN she will announce her candidacy for Mayor this week
BY TONY FARINA It was a full house last Thursday at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion for Alan Roscetti’s kickoff fundraiser in his campaign for Niagara Falls City Court judge. Roscetti, a 37-year-old Niagara County public defender and private practice attorney, is running for the seat currently held by Judge Robert Merino who will be retiring at the end of the year. “It was a … Continue reading Roscetti fundraiser draws overflow Crowd
BY JAMES HUFNAGEL While the shock of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he wants to build a state-owned “lodge” (read hotel) on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park is still sinking in with many local residents, a preliminary sample of public opinion so far seems to reflect growing opposition to the governor’s proposal. Floating the trial balloon during his January 9 University at … Continue reading Local opposition ramping up to Cuomo’s lodge in Olmsted’s ‘Niagara Reservation
BY AUSTIN HARIG Former Candidate for Buffalo School Board In May 2016, I ran for the Buffalo School Board against Carl Paladino. I lost (by 2% of the vote), but it was a campaign driven by ideology. Mr. Paladino had his and I had mine and they were diametrically different. So were our stations in life. Mr. Paladino is a successful developer and businessman, a … Continue reading Another perspective on the Buffalo school board and the teachers’ union