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State and Perry crews were working Saturday to contain a sewer line break that was dumping raw effluent into the Silver Lake Outlet. The pipe broke in the vicinity of 7572 Water Street Road and was discharging about 35 gallons of sewage per minute, according to bulletin a Department of Environmental Conservation and Village of Perry crews. The department said it is u…

For the more than quarter-century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury. Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters …

The procession of top Niagara County Republicans into an Albany courtroom continued Thursday afternoon as former state Sen. George D. Maziarz pleaded not guilty to three felony violations of election law. Maziarz, who followed the morning appearance and not guilty plea of Sen. Robert G. Ortt in a related case, offered no comment after his appearance in Albany County Cou…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany courtroom Thursday after his Wednesday indictment on election law violations by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The North Tonawanda Republican appeared in Albany County Court, one day after a grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of Schneiderman’s …

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt was scheduled to voluntarily testify before an Albany County grand jury Wednesday in connection with the ongoing probe of former Sen. George D. Maziarz and his campaign finances that has also produced its first guilty plea. Former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor as part of a de…

President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates a key transit funding program and points a “dagger” at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer. And Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials warn that a separate plan to extend Metro Rail at the other end of the line into the Delaware, Lackawanna an…

Erie County Democrats appear to have found a candidate for comptroller this year. Vanessa Glushefski, a certified public accountant, was making the rounds as a candidate Friday at the annual St. Patrick’s Luncheon at the Buffalo Irish Center. She was accompanied by Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. Glushefski is legislative director for Assemblywom…

Not all of the St. Patrick’s Day revelers at the Buffalo Irish Center noticed the subtle signs of a mayoral campaign Friday during the 46th annual luncheon celebration. But to the seasoned politicos who descend upon the Irish Center every year for a Buffalo rite of spring, it was clear that incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Mark J.F. Schroeder — vying for the …

A familiar voice on Buffalo’s airwaves is eyeing a jump into politics. Steve Cichon, a former reporter and news director for WBEN Radio, said he is “all in” for a Democratic county clerk candidacy this year. He was spotted Wednesday at the Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee’s St. Patrick’s Day party at Shannon Pub on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and he said he…

George Maziarz is no longer sponsoring legislation since his departure from the State Senate back in 2014. But if he were running today, he could probably tout a new jobs creation bill. He might even dub it the Full Employment for Lawyers Act of 2017. A tabulation of all the noted counselors involved with the former senator, including state Attorney General Eric Schn…

Former Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds is furthering his Washington career with a new lobbying firm. The Clarence Republican, who served 10 years in Congress, has joined Holland and Knight along with Sally Vastola, his chief of staff for all five terms. She also served on Reynolds’ staff in the Erie County Legislature and New York Assembly. They will work as senior policy …

Through more than 22 years as a transit police officer, David Capretto can’t recall a more “surreal” scene than what he encountered Wednesday morning at the snowy confluence of the Scajaquada and Kensington expressways. And because of how he and others instantly reacted, a 3-month-old infant is alive today. The saga began around 7:45 a.m., as Capretto was drivi…

One name has dominated the pursuit of corruption across New York State, including accusations of bid rigging on the SolarCity plant in Buffalo, and that name is Preet Bharara. Now the U.S. attorney in Manhattan is exiting his post after bringing charges against high-profile business leaders involved with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature upstate effort. Bharara would n…

G. Steven Pigeon, the Buffalo political operative charged with bribery and extortion last June, will stand trial beginning Sept. 5. A spokesman for state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who brought the charges against Pigeon, said State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. set the date. The development follows a lengthy period in which defense attorney Paul …