Will Bishops Malone and Pridgen partner to preserve historic churches?

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?

Challengers floated in 62nd district, as Ortt considers options

Political operatives associated with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ mainline Democratic caucus are contemplating potential candidates to challenge Senator Robert Ortt, of North Tonawanda.  The 62nd district stretches from Niagara Falls to Rochester. The most prominent names being floated are Mayor Paul Dyster and former Niagara Falls Councilwoman Kristin Grandinetti. Both have long tenured records in city politics, and proudly tout their progressive brand.  Dyster’s erudite style has … Continue reading Challengers floated in 62nd district, as Ortt considers options

Following Pigeon void, two emerge as WNY’s chief power brokers

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

Democrats’ strength in Amherst has Senator Ranzenhofer worried

Democrats’ stunning election night victories in Amherst have sent shockwaves across Western New York’s political scene.  The vote-heavy town is typically a Republican stronghold, but the unpopularity of Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard led to sweeping losses for Republicans who had previous held both the Supervisor’s office and the Town Board. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, 63, has held the 61st district Senate seat since 2009.  His … Continue reading Democrats’ strength in Amherst has Senator Ranzenhofer worried

As always, a fierce contest expected in 60th Senate district

The 60th district is rare in the State Senate Chamber.  In the last two decades, the seat has switched occupants more than any other: Anthony Nanula, Al Coppola, Byron Brown, Marc Coppola, Antoine Thompson, Mark Grisanti, Marc Panepinto, and Chris Jacobs have all briefly occupied the high turnover seat, in a chamber that rarely sees an incumbent ousted at the ballot box. So it is … Continue reading As always, a fierce contest expected in 60th Senate district

Activists urge Benczkowski to run for 63rd district Senate seat

The wildly popular Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski — the region’s highest profile advocate for infrastructure modernization — is being urged by environmental activists to seek the 63rd District’s State Senate seat.  The district comprises Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, Depew, South Buffalo, and the East Side. Incumbent Senator Tim Kennedy has been damaged by his funneling of more than $80,000 into a political action controlled by G. … Continue reading Activists urge Benczkowski to run for 63rd district Senate seat

Schumer pressured to prioritize Rust Belt in infrastructure plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the federal government, is being pressured by a Midwestern contingent of the party to prioritize struggling legacy cities in the formerly industrial Midwest in any infrastructure bill that emerges in the next Congressional session. President Donald Trump’s popularity among working class constituencies hardest hit by the collapse of American manufacturing and free trade policies, won … Continue reading Schumer pressured to prioritize Rust Belt in infrastructure plan