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In the murky world of Niagara County Republican politics, Glenn S. Aronow never seems to go away. The Lockport public relations executive has assumed a host of party-sponsored roles over the years – Niagara County legislator, staffer for the State Senate majority in Buffalo and aide to former Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane. At one point in 2009, the state paid $90…

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News, notes and observations about politics around here: • The April 24 special election for the 142nd Assembly seat, vacated by Mickey Kearns’s November election as county clerk, will offer fascinating politics watching in the days to come. The local Dems, who control special election nominations, are lining up behind Legislator Pat Burke. Some say the hierarchy sup…

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Four lecterns festooned with official campaign placards were supposed to greet the faithful at Daemen College Saturday for a debate among Republican hopefuls aiming to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in November. But Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb of Canandaigua suddenly and mysteriously dropped out late Friday, creating a whole new dynamic for the three men left…

The Red Cross is assisting four people after fire heavily damaged their home at 88 Lewis St. late Friday. Buffalo fire officials said the blaze broke out on the first floor at around 11:15 p.m. and spread to the attic, causing $65,000 damage to the building and $35,000 to its contents. The cause is under investigation.

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Managers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport don’t need official statistics to recognize the success of Frontier Airlines since its arrival in December. They are all too familiar with the long lines at Frontier’s check-in counter. Ditto for the planes packed to 94 percent daily capacity. And now airport officials must make room for the even larger aircraft Front…

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Frontier Airlines, which Buffalo Niagara International Airport officials say has reported packed flights since launching local service in December, is expanding even more. A source with knowledge of the situation said the airline will announce new, nonstop service to Raleigh-Durham and Austin at an airport news conference today. The new flights will mark the only nonsto…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has designated April 24 for special elections to fill legislative vacancies across New York State, including the 142nd Assembly seat formerly held by newly elected Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns. Most observers see a potential face off between two Democrats – Legislator Patrick B. Burke and Erik T. Bohen, a Buffalo Public Schools teacher consid…

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Almost 20 years ago, Joel Giambra sat with a reporter at an out-of-the-way Fort Erie restaurant to talk politics. Buffalo’s comptroller at the time, Giambra was hatching a plan that included switching from Democrat to Republican and embracing regional government. It would all work as he knocked off a once invincible Dennis Gorski in 1999 and eventually won two terms as …

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Back in 1930, the newly constructed Bailey Avenue Bridge made its debut over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek. So did future Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins a short distance away in the Old First Ward. Eighty-eight years later, public works officials are replacing the worn-out span with a new $22 million structure. Higgins, meanwhile, is still going strong and is abou…

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Stan Evans, deputy managing editor of The Buffalo News, retires today after more than three decades of directing upstate New York’s largest news staff. From his editor’s perch at the far end of the city desk, Evans guided The News’ coverage of the most important local stories of his generation. “I can count on one hand the number of people who had as big an impact on…

There was a time when Byron Brown was not much interested in talking politics – not with nosy reporters anyway. The mayor of Buffalo had a city to run – streets to plow, garbage to collect, a waterfront to develop. But much has changed since Gov. Andrew Cuomo selected him as state Democratic chairman in 2016. Now Brown presides over not only the state’s second larges…

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If Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed new budget recognizes one political reality this election year, it might be widespread dissatisfaction among New York City commuters. Indeed, Cuomo recommends a 7.5 percent operating increase for the giant Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fix its crumbling bus and rail system. But upstate transit systems now say they are sho…

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Daemen College in Amherst will host the first meeting of potential Republican candidates for governor on Feb. 10 in a debate sponsored by the Erie County Republican Committee. The expected hourlong face-off will feature the two announced candidates – Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb of Canandaigua and former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra – plus State Sen. …

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Byron W. Brown not only runs New York’s second largest city, but the state's Democratic Party, too. As the state Democratic chairman, he expects to be directly involved this re-election year on behalf of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Here are several t…

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When Acea M. Mosey began planning to succeed Barbara Howe as Erie County surrogate judge several years ago, political advisers emphasized two important steps. Secure backing from the county’s top political chairmen to ensure an uncontested election in 2017, they said, and raise enough money to scare off anyone even contemplating a primary challenge. She followed the …