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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 …

George D. Maziarz’s once powerful and tightly knit political machine is breaking down in front of an Albany County grand jury. One by one, key members of the Maziarz inner circle traipsed into an Albany grand jury room on Thursday to tell a panel convened by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman what they know about the former state senator who once reigned over Niaga…

An Albany County grand jury heard testimony Thursday from at least one key witness in a widening probe of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz and his campaign finances that now also involves former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Assemblyman Michael J. Norris, R-Lockport, answered a subpoen…

Buffalo is about to make a “big, big mistake” by recommending a new rail station for Canalside, Rep. Brian Higgins said Monday, promising to continue his advocacy for a revitalized Central Terminal. During a meeting with editors and reporters of The Buffalo News, the Buffalo Democrat said he suspects a special panel convened by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and headed by May…

Pundits and know-it-alls handicapping the 2017 contest for mayor of Buffalo may yawn over Mark J.F. Schroeder’s official announcement of candidacy Sunday in South Buffalo. Byron W. Brown, they pontificate, enjoys every conceivable advantage: campaign funds, name recognition, expected party endorsement, organization, and all the trappings and power of the mayor’s off…

Joanna Pasceri, the former Channel 7 anchorwoman who now serves as spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, says she will not run for county clerk this year. The Town of Tonawanda resident had expressed interest in the vacant post following the election of former Republican Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs to the State Senate last November. Speculation h…

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has subpoenaed central figures in George D. Maziarz’s political orbit in a probe of the former state senator and his campaign finances, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Assemblyman Michael J. Norris, R-Lockport, confirmed Friday that he is among those directed to appear before an Albany County grand jur…

Readers of the Politics Column this past year may notice its preoccupation with a new political buzzword. “Pivot” emerged as a trendy term over those months to describe the “presidential” turn that Donald Trump found so difficult to make. He offered a few hopeful moments. In a Manhattan address during the presidential primary last April, he said his version o…

A federal judge has dismissed a Cleveland developer's civil lawsuit claiming the City of Buffalo and Mayor Byron W. Brown engaged in a “pay to play” for a city housing project. U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny rejected NRP Properties’ contention that it was denied a $12 million housing project because Brown insisted on a related job for a longtime ally, the …

No opponent yet faces County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., but the union representing more than 1,500 blue collar workers is already endorsing the Republican incumbent. “Our union support even comes before his own party has made an endorsement,” said Richard Canazzi, president of AFSCME Local 1095. “We are doing so in an early and strong way because we are …

A new Canadian contingent to the Peace Bridge Authority began taking seats on the bi-national body Friday following the change in government in Ottawa. Tim Clutterbuck, president of ASW Steel in Welland, Ont. was elected the authority’s new chairman at his first meeting. He and two others are appointees of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Transport Canada. Clutter…

If Erie County is to avoid another of its periodic budget crises, it must now find a compromise solution to the borrowing needs of Erie County Medical Center. After the County Legislature’s failure Thursday to muster a “super majority” vote approving $100 million in borrowing for the hospital’s capital needs, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was already lookin…