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They gathered at St. Joseph University Church Saturday for a farewell to Jack Curtin, the federal judge whose name will always appear in any history book ever written about this town. Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck may have captured Curtin best in his obituary a week ago, describing him as “a slightly built man with twinkling blue eyes, a gentle wit and a humble de…

A roundtable discussion on legislation to authorize carrying concealed weapons across state lines will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the Defensor Inc. firearms training facility, 410 Lang Blvd., Grand Island. The discussion will feature Assemblyman David J. DiPietro; Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard; Harold “Budd” Schroeder, chairman of the Shooters Commit…

Mark Sacha stood outside an Erie County courtroom Wednesday and offered a simple message to a phalanx of reporters and photographers. “I told you so,” he said. The former prosecutor was fired in 2009 after claiming two successive Erie County district attorneys looked the other way when he alleged G. Steven Pigeon had committed election law violations. Neither for…

For more than a quarter century, Buffalo’s G. Steven Pigeon traveled in lofty political circles. He hobnobbed with the Clintons and advised Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He counted billionaire B. Thomas Golisano as a friend and former NATO Chief Gen. Wesley K. Clark as a client. Now three sources familiar with the situation say the former Erie County Democratic chairman is sla…

Long-anticipated election law complaints against Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon and two others are expected to be lodged Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Three sources familiar with the situation say Pigeon and two long-time associates ‑ Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff ‑ will face felony complaints of election law violations. Another source indic…

Buffalo is blooming into a city of beautiful bridges. Instead of the utilitarian spans reminiscent of Soviet-style bleakness, transportation planners are now summoning the city’s rich architectural and historical heritage as they erect a series of new bridges across major highways. Over the past several years, the state Department of Transportation has led the way …

If President Trump gets his way, funding for Amtrak’s long-distance trains, like the Lake Shore Limited that serves Buffalo, will end this fiscal year. So might the debate over where to build the city’s new rail station. [RELATED: Central Terminal vs. Canalside: Where to put a new Buffalo train station?] It all revolves around the Trump administration’s new …

News, notes and observations about politics around here: • Even Erie County’s crustiest political observers can’t recall the last time voters got fired up over a county clerk contest. Hey, if your driver’s license gets renewed without problems, then life is good. But big league politics unfolded last week when GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy endorsed Democrat…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he was "proudest” of the new state budget over any previous one, even if it was forged in one of the Capitol’s most contentious sessions of recent memory. But he acknowledges that President Trump's budget plans pose threats to key provisions. And he assigned to New York’s congressional representatives the responsibility of ensuring that e…

Buffalo’s running debate on where to build a new Amtrak station will not involve Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But he made clear in Buffalo on Tuesday that local leaders have a deadline of April 26 to choose between sites downtown and the Central Terminal. "I said to the mayor – decide,” he said during a meeting at The Buffalo News. “I don’t care what the decision …

You might say that when it comes to politics, voters in Chautauqua County just can’t make up their minds. Or you can certainly surmise that Republicans and Democrats now consider Chautauqua a toss-up. And how about those rumors that the county’s new official color is purple? It all makes sense after the Chautauqua County Board of Elections issued its official …

A new facility for intercity trains and buses is emerging from the drawing board of the committee determining how best to replace Amtrak’s Exchange Street Station. But the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is warning that any move of Greyhound, Trailways and other lines now operating from its downtown terminal will cost the transit agency – and its riders …

Here at the Politics Column, suspicion runs deep that the same arguments guiding 2017’s political discourse also dominated the headlines of 90 years ago. Take the controversy over a new railroad station for Buffalo. Something new? Not according to buffalohistoryworks.com, which summarizes the downtown versus East Side debate of the late 1920s that now seems oh-so-fami…

A Kenmore woman who jumped onto the tracks as a train was arriving at the University Metro Rail Station suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The unidentified woman, who is 26 years old, was not run over by the approaching train at about 4:10 p.m. At least one witness and Metro video confirmed she jumped onto…