Senate Republicans demand subpoena power to get answers on nursing home deaths

ALBANY, NY – NYS Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference today demanded that the Senate Majority leverage its subpoena power to compel Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker, and any state

NY Senate

GOP activists want Gallivan to seek Senate leadership post

New York State’s Republican Party is facing an existential crisis, having lost control of the State Senate chamber last year, the party’s last bastion of power in Albany.  If the party is unable to retake the chamber next year, then


Local Republican Senators betray WNY on leadership vote

A former Speaker of the California State Assembly once said of the relationship between lobbyists and politicians, “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women, take their money and then vote against them you’ve got no

NY Senate

Why does Gallivan keep declining leadership opportunities?

In recent days, Republicans from Upstate and Western New York have been urging Senator Patrick Gallivan to seek the position of Senate Minority Leader.  He has declined, instead preferring Senator Cathy Young, a more senior member of the chamber from

2018 Midterms

Collins urged to step aside for Rob Ortt in 27th district

Republican activists are asking Congressman Chris Collins to step down his reelection effort following an indictment by the Southern District of New York for insider trading and providing false information to a federal agent. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is

NY Senate

Sean Bunny encouraged to run against Senator Patrick Gallivan

Declared Congressional candidate Sean Bunny, a former prosecutor with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, is being encouraged by Democratic Party activists to instead run against Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma).  The encouragement comes after Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray secured


If Higgins departs, local politicians would scramble

Republican Party operative Michael Caputo, who enjoys a “public relations” contract at the Erie County Water Authority, broke a story last month that was later retracted, after a staffer from the local congressional office complained. Some say that the story was

County Executive

Republicans consider contenders for County Executive

Erie County Republican Party Chairman Nicholas Langworthy is being credited with a surprisingly unified local party, evidenced by a cordial discourse among a strong group of GOP contenders. Several candidates openly discuss their interest in the County Executive’s office, while others have