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Frank J. Clark III, the Brooklyn-born, hard-charging prosecutor who loomed as one of Western New York’s best known political and legal figures during 12 years as Erie County’s Democratic district attorney, died Friday evening in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 74. Clark’s health declined in recent months after the failure of a 2016 kidn…

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5. Albany County Judge Peter A. Lynch, who was to preside over the non-jury trial, granted the Friday motions of defense attorneys Joseph M. LaTona of Buffalo and E. Stewart Jones of Troy see…

Top-flight Democrats are not exactly lining up to take on GOP Congressman Chris Collins in 2018. That’s the deal when you’re the incumbent representing the most Republican congressional district in New York, you’ve assembled an impressive team, can boast of overflowing campaign coffers and can dig into your own well-stuffed wallet just in case. And, oh yes, you…

Just two weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer noted he had not spoken with President Trump since Inauguration Day in January. But after his second White House meeting with the president in as many weeks, it’s now obvious that a new relationship has emerged in Washington. The senator told reporters in Buffalo  Friday morning that his new bond with T…

It was a low-turnout primary election with few surprises but lots of twists and turns. Here are a few: • Jeremy Zellner feels good about his organization’s performance in Tuesday’s primary election. The Erie County Democratic chairman may be stretching by including candidates backed by town committees, but points to 15 out of 16 endorsed victories. “It tell…

Amid the hoopla of Byron W. Brown’s middle-of-Court Street celebration Tuesday night, the Democrat headed for a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo was asked if voters had handed him a mandate. Did his healthy primary election win over Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant bestow upon him a wealth of political capital, a reporter queried. In his best imitation of Co…

A few takeaways from Tuesday's primary elections: Voters didn't show up: About one in four Democratic voters bothered to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. So if Byron W. Brown received a mandate on Tuesday, it came from only 13,346 residents of the City of Buffalo. Slight majority: Brown surpassed the magic 50 percent mark in the primary, an impressive feat again…

Democratic voters awarded Byron W. Brown a convincing primary victory Tuesday and an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor of Buffalo in November, giving their stamp of approval to the city’s rejuvenation under his leadership and rejecting the challenge of two well known opponents. Just one of four registered city Democrats turned out for the primary. Brown scored 5…

After spending more than $1 million, devoting a summer to full-bore campaigning, and staking futures on their visions for Buffalo, the three candidates for mayor now wait for the people’s decision in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/12/elections-2017-live-results-tuesdays-primary-races-erie-county Incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenge…

While Buffalo's mayoral campaign has drawn a lot of attention, Tuesday’s ballot also features a Democratic primary in the Erie County Legislature’s 2nd District for the seat being vacated by Betty Jean Grant, who is running for mayor. The Legislature contest includes April N. Baskin, Charley H. Fisher III, David A. Martinez and Duncan E. Kirkwood. There also is …

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will face no opposition in Tuesday’s Democratic primary following a Monday court decision denying last-minute efforts by former opponent Khalil Cottman to make the ballot. James Ostrowski, Cottman’s attorney, said the one-time candidate for the County Legislature’s District 1 will not pursue qualifying for the ballot…

As an Irish folk band blared ballads through Cazenovia Park a few days ago, Byron W. Brown stood out as the rare black face in an explosion of green garb. The mayor was following one of the first rules of Buffalo politics – attend every ethnic celebration on the calendar – as he worked the South Buffalo Irish Festival on turf usually claimed by his Democratic primar…

Nov. 19, 1931 ‑ Sept. 1, 2017 Raymond P. McGirr, a retired Buffalo firefighter and Navy veteran of the Korean War, died Sept. 1 at HighPointe Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo after a long illness. He was 85. An Old First Ward native, Mr. McGirr was graduated from South Park High School and attended Canisius College. Drafted into the Navy during the Korean War, he s…

Pre-primary points to ponder: • If any past primary inspires mayoral underdogs Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant, it must be Lovely Warren’s surprise victory over incumbent Tom Richards in the 2013 contest for mayor of Rochester. Richards was leading the then-City Council president 63 to 27 percent in a Siena pre-primary poll, leading most experts to pronounc…