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After a six-year absence from elective politics, the name “Hoyt” may once again appear on a Buffalo ballot. Clayton Hoyt, son of former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and grandson of the late Assemblyman William B. Hoyt, said Monday he is seriously considering a Democratic candidacy for the Second District seat in the County Legislature now occupied by Betty Jean Grant. …

County clerk candidate Michael P. Kearns would not commit Monday to running in the September Democratic primary, leaving open the possibility the registered Democrat may compete only on the Republican and Conservative lines in the November general election. Kearns, a lifelong Democrat who represents South Buffalo and neighboring communities in the Assembly, acknowledge…

Tom Bauerle has written an open letter to Donald Trump, warning him that invisible “cloaking” technology may be threatening his presidency and his personal safety. The popular WBEN talk show host long has claimed to be a victim of invisible surveillance devices in his Williamsville backyard and now appears to be now ramping up his charges in a letter on a conservati…

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee will swoop down on our town Monday and Tuesday to meet with a host of GOP officials and potential donors. Ronna McDaniel of Michigan will make her pitch to big-bucks types during fancy dinners, while connecting with the grass roots Tuesday at a $40 per head breakfast at Chef’s Restaurant. But as the party honcho m…

Rep. Brian Higgins senses a bipartisan willingness to restore funds that could spell new life for downtown Buffalo’s Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad terminal, despite the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of a host of federal transportation programs. The Buffalo Democrat chose the century-old landmark Wednesday to add his opposition to cutting pr…

Just one day after transit officials approved a new 10-year lease for New York Trailways at Buffalo’s downtown bus station, the bus company’s president says he can’t wait to bolt for the new bus/rail facility planned in the Exchange Street area. Trailways will join Amtrak as soon as possible at the new station recommended for the Exchange Street areas, said Eugene…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s government and political associates continue to avoid answering questions about connections between his 2014 campaign and a federal complaint facing political operative G. Steven Pigeon. The Buffalo News made several attempts  to discuss the $25,000 donation Pigeon allegedly sought to procure in 2014 – a centerpiece of the complaint against …

There was a time when Buffalo Republicans at least fantasized about electing one of their own as mayor. Candidates such as Richard A. Grimm III and Kevin J. Helfer would raise money, campaign on the issues, and haunt the heavily favored Democratic candidates. But in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 7 to 1, those days appear to be over. No Rep…

ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP ANDREW – You’ve heard of a champagne cruise. Call this one a campaign cruise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited about 100 of his closest friends aboard a Buffalo Harbor tour boat Wednesday to see firsthand all of the marvels of Albany’s largess since 2011 – coincidentally the same year as the start of his administration. It was a beautiful day fo…

Attention continues to focus on Rep. Chris Collins and his investments in the health care industry. The Daily Beast website intensified the spotlight Wednesday by reporting that the Clarence Republican stands out among 40 GOP members of Congress who voted for the American Health Care Act while owning stock in health care companies. Collins holds the most stock of any r…

It’s getting easier to find a seat on Metro Rail these days following a significant drop in ridership. And in a classic case of bad timing, the drop-off occurs just as transit planners are asking the federal government to extend the system to Amherst. Lower gas prices, higher employment rates, working at home trends and construction delays are contributing to a 6.1…

Legal documents explaining efforts to dissolve the famed Cellino & Barnes law firm not only remain sealed, but officials have now removed references to documents in the case from the court system website following challenges filed by The Buffalo News and two New York City tabloids. The News – along with the New York Daily News and New York Post – continues to qu…

Steve Pigeon was back in court a few days ago, facing a judge for the third time in the last 10 months. This time the former Erie County Democratic chairman appeared in U.S. District Court to answer more questions about his controversial fundraising methods. A federal complaint alleges that Pigeon, a longtime confidant of Andrew Cuomo, conspired to solicit a $25,000 con…

The white-hot dispute between warring partners of the Cellino & Barnes law firm could be headed for a mediation cool down. Robert J. Schreck, managing partner of the firm headed by Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes, said late Tuesday that litigation will hopefully be avoided through a dispute resolution process now scheduled. “The parties are optimisti…