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Thomas P. Casey, a frequent Democratic candidate over the past several years, will declare Tuesday that he is a candidate for the 27th Congressional District seat. He becomes the third Democrat to officially enter the race for the seat now held by Republican Chris Collins of Clarence. Casey follows attorney Sean Bunny and businessman Nicholas Stankevich. Casey has previ…

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The line of people snaked deep into the parking lot of Canaan Funeral Home in Orchard Park back on the afternoon of Dec. 21. Most of the hundreds of mourners paying their respects that day veered into the right line, where the family of James P. Keane gathered near his casket. He was the former South Council member and deputy county executive with a long career in polit…

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"What did the president know and when did he know it?” Sen. Howard Baker – June 1973 When the senator from Tennessee queried White House Counsel John Dean during the Watergate hearings all those years ago, he cut to the chase about President Richard Nixon’s role in the sordid affair. Now, questions surrounding the abrupt resignation of state economic developme…

Erie County Board of Elections officials have declared incumbent Timothy B. Howard the official winner of the election for sheriff following a count of outstanding absentee ballots. Board spokesman Mario Alaimo said the absentee ballot count that caused Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert to delay an official concession resulted in a net increase of about 300 vote…

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What began as a “flirty” relationship between a state worker and a powerful official now threatens to ensnare the governor of New York. Andrew M. Cuomo is named in a federal lawsuit that Lisa M. Cater, of Buffalo, filed after she heard some of Cuomo’s top lieutenants praising Sam Hoyt upon his resignation last month as a gubernatorial confidante, even as probes in…

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A small rate increase for residential customers next year coupled with a more substantial hike for commercial customers will fulfill a three-year plan to equalize rates and repair infrastructure, Erie County Water Authority officials say. Next year’s 1.9 percent increase for residential customers stems from water consultants’ previous recommendations that larger use…

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Airline service between Buffalo and Albany ended more than seven years ago, and since then travelers to the state capital have endured  long cross-state trip via the Thruway or Amtrak. That may be about to change. OneJet Airlines says it is weighing the possibility of restoring air service between the two cities in the near future, confirming reports from three sour…

Obituaries

Feb. 22, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2017 Musician Joey Scinta, who started his career playing gigs in Buffalo with his brother and sister and eventually became one of the most popular casino performers in Las Vegas, died Friday afternoon in the city that became his second home. He was 69. Growing up on West Avenue near Auburn on the West Side, Mr. Scinta graduated from Lafaye…

Salamanca police are intensifying a search for two infant girls they believe are endangered while in the custody of their mothers. A Police Department spokeswoman said officers are scouring the city and beyond for Melani Ventura, 3 months, and Londyn Richardson, 29 days. They were last seen at 6:30 a.m. on East State Street with their mothers, Selena Ventura and Keshaun…

It’s not exactly Grand Central Terminal, but the newsstand scheduled to open in January will offer a Manhattan touch to a Metro Rail stop opening in Allen-Medical Campus Station. Grab and Go Newsstands Inc. will offer newspapers, coffee, sandwiches, cappucinos, protein shakes and more at a street level stand inside the new station at the base of the $375 million Unive…

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FORT ERIE , Ont. – A Democratic  fundraiser with close ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees tranquil days ahead for the once bitterly divided Peace Bridge Authority as he takes a leadership position on the bi-national panel. Kenneth A. Manning, an engineer by training and partner in the Phillips Lytle law firm, succeeds Sam Hoyt as vice chairman of the bridge governing …

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An Albany County judge has denied former Sen. George D. Maziarz’s motion to dismiss three counts of election law felonies in a scathing decision that points fingers at some of the top names in Niagara County Republican politics. The decision brings to light much of what top Niagara County GOP figures disclosed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s grand jury ba…

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More news, notes and observations: • The eyes of New York are upon Texas, at least GOP eyes. Republican sources say Harry Wilson made his way to Austin for a mid-week meeting of the Republican Governors Association in another sign that the Westchester financier continues to seriously explore challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo next year. Wilson is only a semi-fa…

The final tally for Erie County sheriff should be completed on Monday, according to Erie County Board of Elections officials. About 8,000 absentee ballots will be tabulated during the Monday session, with final results expected the same day, Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr said. “We should be able to run all 8,000 that day,” he said, “and if it…

Erie County

On the face of things, Erie County appears as a most hospitable place for Democrats seeking office. Upstate New York’s largest metropolitan area boasts a strong Democratic tradition, unified party leadership and – most of all – 133,756 more Democrats than Republicans. But voters once again on Tuesday showed that anything can happen in Erie County. Despite the …