Erie County Democrats

That time Poloncarz appointed ‘patronage hack’ to supervise CPS, following brazen fraud scheme

County Executive Mark Poloncarz‘ appointment of a well-traveled patronage hack as a supervisor in Child Protective Services, (Buffalo News) brought back memories of an interesting Democratic Plumbers scheme from 2006.   That caper involved the efforts of then-County Legislator, now Poloncarz’

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Democrats still want Panepinto to step aside

The embattled freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto is doubling down on a reelection effort amid calls that he step aside in light of a tenure rocked by ethics controversies that include a lobbying scandal and election fraud. His chances of

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Jacobs expected to run for State Senate

BY TONY FARINA Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat

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Senator Coppola seeks bipartisan support

BY M.J. RICCHIAZZI The widely respected elder statesman of local politics, State Senator Al Coppola, intends to circulate an Opportunity to Ballot petition so that his name may be written in on the Republican primary ballot — in addition to appearing

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D’Augustino urged to run for State Senate

Grand Island teacher and school board member Richard D’Augustino, a strong supporter of working families and organized labor, is being urged to challenge the embattled incumbent Senator Marc Panepinto in this year’s Democratic Party primary, says a local Democrat. D’Augustino is widely seen


Mike Deely shows teachers how to waste $1.4 million

Mike Deely is the regional director of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the political arm of the state’s public teachers’ unions. He is tasked with spending million of dollars — from the paychecks of hardworking teachers in the classroom —

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Senator Coppola may have an uncontested primary

Former Senator Alfred T. Coppola is a widely respected elder statesman of local politics, and is leading freshman Senator Marc Panepinto in Democratic Party primary polling that puts him ahead by a 2-to-1 margin. Influential figures in the Democratic Party want Coppola

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Panepinto refuses to step aside

Freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto has been called the weakest incumbent in the chamber, having won his district with just over 31% of the vote with current polling putting the incumbent at only 34% in a hypothetical Republican matchup. Despite

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Chris Jacobs offends poor people

County Clerk Chris Jacobs is doubling down on his call for an earlier bar closing time, despite the issue igniting a scathing discourse with sharply classist overtones. The issue is dividing the city between its blue collar populace and its

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Western New York will be a Senate battleground

As next year’s State Senate elections approach in the distance, the fog is clearing to reveal a political landscape that will make Western New York a central battleground for control of the chamber. Typically five or six seat are competitive

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Poll has Stocker defeating Panepinto in landslide: 56% to 34%

In a head to head matchup between freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto and his likely opponent Kevin Stocker, Panepinto would be defeated by the popular Republican in a landslide: 56% to 34%. Panepinto has long been considered the weakest incumbent

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Panepinto refuses to step aside, causing party rift

The embattled freshman State Senator Marc Panepinto has not indicated whether or not he will step aside after a single term. Political experts say that Panepinto is among the weakest Democrats that the party could run for the highly competitive

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Panepinto gets berated by activist at SCOPE meeting

SCOPE member and gun rights activist Nick Orticelli had tough words for Senator Marc Panenpinto, who is trying to manage quite a pivot to cast himself as a supporter of the second amendment. At a recent SCOPE meeting, Panepinto presented himself

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Jacobs battles perception in aftermath of county executive debacle

County Clerk Chris Jacobs is battling perceptions ahead of next year’s election cycle. He stepped out of contention in the county executive’s race last year after intense party infighting with Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and his operatives, causing many to brand