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Imagine planning your next European vacation without the hassle of connecting at a crowded major airport in New York, Boston or Toronto. Instead, think about boarding a plane at Buffalo Niagara International Airport and flying nonstop across  to Western Europe. Ireland, anyone? Scandinavia perhaps? Naysayers call it a pipe dream. Metro Buffalo hardly ranks with tha…

Charley H. Fisher III, the former at-large Council member competing in the County Legislature's District 2 Democratic primary, has qualified for the Sept. 12 ballot. Objections against Fisher's petitions have been withdrawn and he will now face April Baskin, who ha thebacking of party leaders,  along with Duncan Kirkwood, said Jeremy J. Zellner, Erie County's Democrati…

Sometime in the next few weeks, in the midst of the Democratic primary for mayor, Byron Brown will start rolling out the big guys. It seems certain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will stage some pat-on-the-back session for his state Democratic chairman. Chuck Schumer, the nation’s top-ranking Dem as minority leader of the Senate, is also expected to lend his high profile to a…

Rep. Brian Higgins is posing new questions to state transportation officials about their plans to rehab the Skyway next year. http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/30/skyway-faces-major-overhaul-higgins-questions-need/ Higgins wants the state Department of Transportation to expedite a simultaneous environmental impact study of the Skyway’s long-term future. He says the DO…

The Skyway will get a major overhaul next summer, and that is likely to present a daunting challenge for Southtowns commuters. Think inbound in the morning and outbound in the evening. The state will spend $27.5 million to rehabilitate the Skyway, reducing traffic to one lane during the work. The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Committee is assisti…

In the grand scheme of local politics, this year’s trio of countywide races is not exactly fanning voter passions. You won’t hear much water cooler debate over the county clerk, or even comptroller or sheriff – with all due respect to the honorable officeholders and their challengers. Still, much is riding on these campaigns this year, as well as with several s…

Vanessa Glushefsky – the Democratic candidate for county comptroller – tops the list of endorsements from the Western New York Area Labor Federation, one of the region’s top union organizations. Democrat Bernard Tolbert also received the group’s nod for sheriff. In the County Legislature, the federation backs Democrats April Baskin in District 2, Peter Savage…

The power of incumbency, a City Hall machine, and the bully pulpit are all advantages for an incumbent like Byron W. Brown as he seeks a fourth mayoral term this year. But Mark J.F. Schroeder is equally adept at summoning all his powers as Buffalo comptroller. He and his staff are churning out news releases and audits critical of Brown – all part of his duties as Buff…

No candidate for mayor will receive backing from the Buffalo Central Labor Council this year. A knowledgeable source within the organization who asked not to be identified said Monday that the influential labor group affiliated with the AFL-CIO will not support incumbent Byron W. Brown nor challengers Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant in the September Democratic …

Don't be surprised to see the Buffalo comptroller on your doorstep this week. Mark J.F. Schroeder already has visited thousands of homes this summer as he challenges incumbent Byron W. Brown for mayor in the September Democratic primary. And Brown, along with Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, could be expected to/is also looking to ramp up activity this week a…

Some notes, news and observations on politics around here: • Polling numbers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped to their lowest point of the last year and a half, according to the latest Siena College survey. And it has everything to do with late subways and deteriorating commuter rail service in New York City. Siena reported that Cuomo’s favorable rating dropped fr…

The Buffalo Republican who last week submitted designating petitions for mayor has declined the nomination, resulting in no GOP candidate to oppose the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election. A GOP source said Mary Jo Carroll will not follow through with a mayoral campaign, explaining her name was circulated on petitions to “protect the inte…

Frontier Airlines will launch low-fare service between Buffalo and five cities – four in Florida plus Denver – starting this fall, and some fares will be as low as $39 during an introductory period. The destinations are Denver; Fort Myers, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla. Frontier will operate the new routes with Airbus A320 aircraft. The destinatio…