Lanza backs Hochul’s plan to make Staten Island a stand-alone municipality

(January 19, 2022) — Sources close to State Senator Andrew Lanza, the longest-serving Republican in the chamber, say that he is preparing to endorse a plan being privately advanced by Governor Kathy Hochul to make Staten Island a stand-alone municipality,

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Ortt slams NYC Council’s $1 billion cut to the NYPD

The newly ascendant Republican Leader in the State Senate is slamming the New York City Council’s $1 billion budget cut to the New York Police Department last week and is taking steps to prevent its implementation. Senator Rob Ortt (R

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Maziarz comeback would make Langworthy next State Chairman

Republican leadership inside the 27th congressional district is considering a scenario in which State Senator Rob Ortt is elevated to replace Rep. Chris Collins on the ballot while nominating retired State Senator George Maziarz for the 62nd district seat. It is

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Maziarz would return to State Senate, if Ortt is elevated to Congress

Former State Senator George Maziarz, once one of Western New York’s most powerful politicians, could make a stunning political comeback — following vindication from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman‘s prosecution against him, widely seen as partisan prosecutorial misconduct. It looks increasingly

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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

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Local film industry is angry with Rob Ortt

When freshman Senator Rob Ortt, a Republican of North Tonawanda, sent out a mailer to supporters last week lambasting the the Cuomo administration’s film industry tax credit, he probably thought that he was speaking to a receptive audience. But the

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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

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Senator Ortt’s support of Pendleton refinery puts seat at play

BY C.B. MILLER Freshman State Senator Rob Ortt’s support of a proposed Pendleton natural gas refinery is throwing the 62nd State Senate seat into a scramble. Concerned residents have been organizing aggressively to stop the project, but their pleas for help from the


NYSUT looking for candidate to challenge Rob Ortt?

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), a statewide union group, and Niagara County Democrats are hoping to empower the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the state senate this year by targeting contestable Republican districts with strong pro-teacher candidates. The