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When Acea M. Mosey began planning to succeed Barbara Howe as Erie County surrogate judge several years ago, political advisers emphasized two important steps. Secure backing from the county’s top political chairmen to ensure an uncontested election in 2017, they said, and raise enough money to scare off anyone even contemplating a primary challenge. She followed the …

Some hot tips for a cold weekend: • Kevin Stocker, the Kenmore attorney who makes a habit of mattering in local elections, says there’s a “50-50” chance he will run for the State Senate again this year. That would normally send a shiver down Republican spines. The GOP never warmed up to Stocker and was often forced to confront his challenge to endorsed candidates in …

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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the State Capitol’s hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana. Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana sales represent the best way to address the state’s massive infrastructure and mass transit needs. “I…

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When Jacob K. Javits won his last term as U.S. senator back in 1974, few imagined his victory set a precedent that would guide New York State politics to this day. That’s because Javits, a mainstay of the liberal “Rockefeller Republicans,” remains the last member of the GOP (along with Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz that same year) to win statewide office without s…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has yet to schedule a special election for several state Legislature vacancies, but local activity to succeed Michael P. Kearns in the Assembly is anything but on hold. The latest development occurred Thursday when Christopher P. Scanlon announced he would not seek the 142nd District seat that Kearns vacated when he was elected county clerk in Novem…

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Just about every national handicapper lists Republican incumbent Chris Collins as favored to win re-election in the 27th Congressional District this year. But local Democrats don’t seem to be paying attention. At least five candidates are now ramping up their activity to unseat Collins in the state’s most Republican congressional district as the state’s early calendar f…

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Lisa M. Cater’s lawsuit against New York State and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for allegedly ignoring her claims of sexual harassment by a former top state official should be dismissed, according to new papers filed in Manhattan U.S. District Court. The motion filed by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office claims that neither the state nor Cuomo bear any responsibilit…

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President Trump’s signature on a bill passed by both houses of Congress is all that remains for the border station at the Peace Bridge and other local ports of entry to become major obstacles in the flow of illicit fentanyl from China, Mexico and other countries, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Monday. And Schumer wants Trump to designate Customs and Border Protection agen…

Politics

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

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Kevin Walter, a 19-year veteran of The Buffalo News, has been named the newspaper’s editorial page editor. Walter will succeed John Neville, who is retiring this month after 33 years with The News. Walter, an editorial writer throughout his News career and deputy editorial page editor since 2006, assumes his new post “amid an upheaval in opinion writing,” said Michae…

Crime

Jasmine L. Mendez had previously obtained an order of protection against her former boyfriend, but still regularly asked him to watch her infant son, according to Buffalo police. Now her 7-month-old lies brain-dead in Oishei Children’s Hospital, and former boyfriend, Frank Redd, has been charged with second degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless…

Orchard Park police dealt with a pair of unrelated accidents Friday that resulted in drunk driving charges against two men. Police said Patrick Connelly, 68, of Orchard Park, collided with an eastbound vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard just after leaving a bar parking lot. Police were called to the scene near St. John Vianney Catholic Church at around 7 p.m. to investig…

Erie County

ALBANY – Facing a $4 billion deficit and what he labeled a federal "assault" on New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday worked to establish himself as a bulwark of progressivism against Donald J. Trump's Washington and policies he claims "shot an arrow aimed at New York's economic heart." Whether the Republican-dominated State Senate cooperates with him now remains a m…

Opinion

‘Twas the morn before Christmas And all through our state, Few Republicans were stirring To take Cuomo’s bait. For the governor was nestled In his Guv Mansion lair, With an eye on the White House, He longs to be there. But before all that happens Andrew must run again, And remind all who’ll listen How wonderful he’s been. He gave us a billion To build So…

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You might describe recent passenger traffic at Buffalo Niagara International Airport as in a “holding pattern.” Recession, high fuel prices, airline mergers and the fluctuating Canadian dollar had all combined to keep the flow of air travelers in and out of Buffalo as healthy but relatively flat for the past several years. But now the numbers are taking off. All five…