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Mayor Byron W. Brown, who is also chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, said Wednesday he is “leaning” toward endorsing former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for national party chairman. But the mayor added he will head to Atlanta for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee this weekend still officially undecided. Perez, a Buffalo native, and Rep…

The political gods may yet answer the prayers of Buffalo mayoral hopeful Mark J.F. Schroeder. Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, a powerful force in East Side politics, said Tuesday she is considering challenging Schroeder and incumbent Byron W. Brown in the September Democratic primary for mayor. The move could provide a major boost to the underdog candidacy of S…

Ride-hailing proponents for upstate New York are now feeling the brunt of a major push back by Buffalo taxi operators. Companies like Liberty Taxi are pointing to cases of sexual harassment and even rape by ride-hailing drivers. They say these incidents, and allegations of sexual harassment within industry leader Uber, make the case for drivers to undergo background che…

Hundreds of supporters and an array of Democratic elected officials are slated to join Mayor Byron W. Brown at Erie Community College's City Campus at 5 p.m. Monday, when he officially declares his candidacy for a fourth term. A top source close to the campaign said the mayor will make official what he has promised for weeks, as he attempts to match the late James D. Gr…

There was a time not long ago when political transition automatically sparked civil war among Erie County Democrats. But when Democratic Elections Commissioner Len Lenihan revealed on Monday he would end his 40-year run in politics, the story was relegated to a back page of The Buffalo News. Ditto for the companion announcement that Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner wo…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has scheduled a busy day in Erie County Thursday. On government business, he will push his shared services plan when he stops in Williamsville. Political fence mending follows with local Democrats in Buffalo. Cuomo will speak to a 4:15 p.m. gathering at the Meeting House in Williamsville, where he is expected to unveil a plan for his Municipal…

After more than 40 years as a major player in local government and politics, Leonard R. Lenihan said Monday he will retire as Democratic elections commissioner in mid-March. And for the first time in almost half a century, a local party chairman – the Democrats’ Jeremy J. Zellner – is lined up to replace him in the county’s top patronage post. Lenihan, 68, sa…

The expected Democratic primary between incumbent Byron W. Brown and Mark J.F. Schroeder may not be the only contest for mayor this September. A simultaneous Democratic primary for county clerk is brewing between Michael P. Kearns and Janique S. Curry, and that may serve as a “proxy election” that could increase turnout and aid each mayoral candidate in his home tur…

The biometric scans of eyes or fingerprints that President Trump wants at border crossings could toss years of infrastructure planning on the scrap heap, warn officials running the area’s four international bridges. Trump's executive order would necessitate major new facilities costing millions of dollars to implement the requirements. At the Peace Bridge, it might…

News, notes and observations on politics around here: • Last week’s Politics Column detailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s scheduled appearance at Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner’s fundraiser on Thursday. That’s significant, because the governor attends official Erie County Democratic gatherings about as often as rallies for Donald Trump. But Cuomo m…

The most successful fundraiser in local judicial history could be shaping up Thursday for Acea M. Mosey, candidate for Erie County surrogate court. Mosey has Democratic and Republican backing and so far faces no known opponent. But more than 500 people are expected to attend the event slated for Kleinhans Music Hall Thursday to support her effort. And though there i…

John B. "JB" Walsh, a major figure in Democratic politics, legal circles and the arts for more than half a century, died Sunday at his Orchard Park home following a long illness. He was 89. Until his long struggle with diabetes sidelined him a few years ago, Mr. Walsh loomed large in government, lobbying, and the law, locally and throughout New York State. For many year…

Back in 2013 and the days when Erie County Democrats rated nary a blip on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political radar, an event at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo marked a new low for upstate New York’s largest Democratic organization. Chairman Jeremy Zellner found himself mixing with the big ballroom commoners for a Cuomo fundraiser, while Democratic “grown-ups” hobnobbed wi…

The 2017 campaign for mayor of Buffalo officially kicks off on March 5 when Mark J.F. Schroeder announces his candidacy. Schroeder, the city comptroller, said Monday he will convene his supporters at the Historic Lodge, 212 Cazenovia St., to begin his Democratic primary challenge to three-term incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown. “We’re looking to make that an officia…

Despite President Trump's executive orders limiting access to the United States, no one has been detained here or denied entry to the United States at border bridges, according to check with local officials Saturday. Officials with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority say transit police have encountered no travelers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport from…