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It’s been a while since a local pol campaigned for office wearing a bow tie. And just as long since a bow tie appeared as a candidate’s official logo. Think bow tie-clad James W. Pitts back in 1997, when the then-Common Council president ran for mayor against incumbent Anthony M. Masiello and former Mayor James D. Griffin. He featured his trademark bow tie as his…

Just about everyone of a certain age will forever associate Andy Card with the iconic photograph taken in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2001. Chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Card had just learned that a second jetliner had crashed into the World Trade Center. As the president was reading to children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, the camera caught Card …

Bars and coffee shops across Erie County are not exactly buzzing this election season over the county clerk contest and who can best issue driver’s licenses. But an unlikely and highly charged topic – abortion rights – is surfacing in the race between Democrat Steven J. Cichon and Michael P. Kearns, a Democratic assemblyman running on the Republican line. Both ack…

In a year marked by less than glamorous elections and predictions of more anemic turnout, Erie County’s political contests are still generating intense interest from the most basic standpoint of all: Democrat vs. Republican. In overwhelmingly Democratic Erie County, the prospect of outnumbered Republicans retaining three countywide posts and even expanding their major…

The fanciest bus shelter you ever saw is taking shape on the drawing boards of local transit planners. And if the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority succeeds in gaining about $3 million from Albany and Washington, a new “linear transit hub” also will appear along North Division Street and eventually outside the downtown bus terminal, too. The transit agen…

Hillary Clinton must have felt writer’s cramp Thursday afternoon from signing all those copies of “What Happened” – her new history of the 2016 presidential campaign – inside the Filling Station restaurant at Larkinville. It’s not unusual for the former secretary of state and New York senator to draw a crowd in Buffalo. She always has and always will. And…

Gail Michaels was there to say "thank you" to the woman who had gotten closer than any other to winning the Oval Office. Tamara Namaste was there to show her continued support. And Linda Ulrich-Hagner showed up even though the event was sold out. Buffalo has always proved friendly turf for Hillary Clinton. Through two elections for the Senate, a presidential prim…

Hillary Clinton almost seemed to anticipate the “Lazio question.” She was, after all, headed to Buffalo and the Filling Station at Larkinville on Thursday afternoon to sign her new book, “What Happened.” And Buffalo provided the backdrop for the first time an opponent “invaded her space” back in 2000 when she was  a candidate for the U.S. Senate. That’…

The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning corruption charges against the former governor of Virginia continues to haunt prosecutors' efforts against some of the state’s highest elected officials. It hit home again Tuesday, when a federal appeals court reversed the conviction of Dean G. Skelos, at least temporarily derailing the U.S. attorney’s effort to put behind…

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…