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State Sen. Robert G. Ortt took the first step in his defense against felony election law charges Wednesday by claiming prosecutors never allowed him to provide relevant testimony to an Albany County grand jury during his voluntary appearance on March 23. Ortt, the North Tonawanda Republican who was indicted on a charge of “filing a false instrument” in a case that h…

The first piece in a complicated puzzle surrounding the Erie County clerk race fell into place Monday night when the Conservative Party endorsed Democrat Michael P. Kearns. Kearns, a South Buffalo assemblyman, continues his unorthodox approach to running for the post as he appears on track to secure the support of every key party but his own Democrats. He boasts solid …

Oct. 15, 1936 ‑ March 22, 2017 LOCKPORT ‑ David H. Knight, a  Lockport teacher, coach and community volunteer, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst,  after a long illness. He was 80. Born in Lockport, Mr. Knight was a member of the last class to graduate from old Lockport High School on East Avenue in 1955, lettering in football and bas…

Months before any trial begins, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt already is mounting his defense against the felony election law charges lodged against him last week. And he is squarely aiming at his accuser – state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman – and the “politics” that the North Tonawanda Republican claims spawned the “ridiculous and baseless” accusations…

State and Perry crews were working Saturday to contain a sewer line break that was dumping raw effluent into the Silver Lake Outlet. The pipe broke in the vicinity of 7572 Water Street Road and was discharging about 35 gallons of sewage per minute, according to bulletin a Department of Environmental Conservation and Village of Perry crews. The department said it is u…

For the more than quarter-century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury. Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters …

The procession of top Niagara County Republicans into an Albany courtroom continued Thursday afternoon as former state Sen. George D. Maziarz pleaded not guilty to three felony violations of election law. Maziarz, who followed the morning appearance and not guilty plea of Sen. Robert G. Ortt in a related case, offered no comment after his appearance in Albany County Cou…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany courtroom Thursday after his Wednesday indictment on election law violations by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The North Tonawanda Republican appeared in Albany County Court, one day after a grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of Schneiderman’s …

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt was scheduled to voluntarily testify before an Albany County grand jury Wednesday in connection with the ongoing probe of former Sen. George D. Maziarz and his campaign finances that has also produced its first guilty plea. Former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor as part of a de…

President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates a key transit funding program and points a “dagger” at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer. And Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials warn that a separate plan to extend Metro Rail at the other end of the line into the Delaware, Lackawanna an…

Erie County Democrats appear to have found a candidate for comptroller this year. Vanessa Glushefski, a certified public accountant, was making the rounds as a candidate Friday at the annual St. Patrick’s Luncheon at the Buffalo Irish Center. She was accompanied by Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. Glushefski is legislative director for Assemblywom…

Not all of the St. Patrick’s Day revelers at the Buffalo Irish Center noticed the subtle signs of a mayoral campaign Friday during the 46th annual luncheon celebration. But to the seasoned politicos who descend upon the Irish Center every year for a Buffalo rite of spring, it was clear that incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Mark J.F. Schroeder — vying for the …

A familiar voice on Buffalo’s airwaves is eyeing a jump into politics. Steve Cichon, a former reporter and news director for WBEN Radio, said he is “all in” for a Democratic county clerk candidacy this year. He was spotted Wednesday at the Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee’s St. Patrick’s Day party at Shannon Pub on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and he said he…

George Maziarz is no longer sponsoring legislation since his departure from the State Senate back in 2014. But if he were running today, he could probably tout a new jobs creation bill. He might even dub it the Full Employment for Lawyers Act of 2017. A tabulation of all the noted counselors involved with the former senator, including state Attorney General Eric Schn…