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Hochul, Schumer are in talks with MLB to land Brooklyn and Rochester expansion franchises

Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Chuck Schumer are in talks with Major League Baseball (MLB) to land the State two new team franchises: one in Brooklyn and another in Rochester. Robert D. Manfred, the Commissioner of Baseball, has “agreed in spirit”

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Camille Brandon to lead Hochul’s gubernatorial campaign

Sources tell The Chronicle that longtime Western New York political operative and Bolton St. Johns lobbyist Camille Brandon is likely to lead Kathy Hochul‘s gubernatorial campaign in the increasingly likely event that Governor Andrew Cuomo is removed from office. Observers say

County Executive

Reese plans to take election case to Court of Appeals

The industrial engineer, cancer research scientist, and pioneering election law attorney who is running for Erie County Executive — Peter A. Reese — filed his appellate brief in the case of Reese v. Board of Elections and offered oral arguments

Erie County Democrats

Mayor Brown is planning to oust Zellner from local party chairmanship

Privately, Mayor Byron Brown is seething over his removal as State Chairman of the Democratic Party. Operatives close to the newly triumphant Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins were angry with Brown’s refusal to fundraise for Democrat Carima El-Behairy and Joan

Erie County Democrats

Party faithful want Zellner out as County Democrat Chairman

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner is taking heat for several failed races this election cycle.  Many activists are calling the young chairman ‘ineffective’ and insisting that he step aside, for the good of the party. Zellner was first


FBI questions Zellner over shake down of judicial candidates

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations last week. The nation’s leading law enforcement agency for public corruption cases is interested in a 2014 incident in which Zellner was widely perceived to be

NY Assembly

Democratic headquarters launches a vicious attack on Kristy Mazurak

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI The headquarters faction of Erie County Democrats is planning a vicious smear campaign of Kristy Mazurak, the pioneering journalist and local reformer seeking the Democratic nomination for State Assembly. The attack is being architected by the embattled young

Erie County Democrats

Headquarters Democrats to endorse Fylnn for DA

BY TONY FARINA It appears that Tonawanda Town Attorney John Flynn is the likely choice for endorsement by the Erie County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee for the job of district attorney over three other candidates, including acting DA Michael Flaherty.


Benczkowski may challenge Kennedy to help Grant

The newly elected Cheektowaga town supervisor Diane Benczkowski — considered a rising star in local politics — is thinking about dabbling in state senate politics this year, a source familiar with her thinking tells The Chronicle. A Benczkowski run for State Senate


A big win for daddy’s boy, Joey Lorigo

Rumor around town is that the three major party bosses who control Western New York recently met, and they conspired to thwart your democracy. Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy, Democrat Chairman Jeremy Zellner, and Conservative Chairman Ralph Lorigo are planning to fix

Erie County Democrats

EC Dems bully, shame, and humiliate voters to the polls

The Buffalo News is reporting that top Erie County Democratic political operative Jerome Schad of East Amherst is behind a shockingly offensive strategy that bullies, shames, and humiliates rank and file voters to go to the polls. From the address of

Erie County Democrats

Next Elections Commissioner should be a woman, activists say

Many female activists in the local Democratic Party organization are disappointed that Chairman Jeremy Zellner has nominated Len Lenihan, the former Chairman, for the position of Elections Commissioner. They were hoping that the next Commissioner would be a woman —