NIAGARA FALLS - Danielle N. DePalma, secretary of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee, announced Tuesday she will run for one of three City Council seats available in this fall's election. DePalma said she intends to resign her party position to make her first run for elective office, seeking the Democratic and Working Families nominations. DePalma, 33, is a h…

On the day that protesters were outside the closed Amherst office of Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican congressman was shown in a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin. At one point during the interview conducted last week at a Clarence diner, Collins appeared to surprise or even stun Levin with a comment on the mainstream media. After Levin asked i…

First 43 presidents, and then . . .  Just returning to City Hall, which was closed Monday for Presidents' Day, I spotted this presidential display. Seemed like it was purchased two presidents ago. The mayor's race A lot changed in City Hall over the past weekend. When I left here Friday, we had  Mayor Byron Brown,  in the final year of his third term. …

There are those who still live in the shadows,  fearing detection, wondering if they'll wake up to federal agents knocking at their door. But here in Buffalo, there also is a community of undocumented immigrants living openly among us, working in stores and restaurants, paying taxes and even serving in the military. They are people, often entire families, who are …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Anthony L. Restaino, representing the next generation of a prominent Niagara Falls-area political family, announced Monday he's running for town justice. Restaino, 32, is the son of Niagara County Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino and the nephew of former Niagara Falls City Judge Robert M. Restaino. A Democrat, Restaino said he inte…

Andrea Bozek is finally free of “the very unpredictable environment in Washington.” But the current capital craziness isn’t why she’s leaving. In fact, she might just capitalize on it in her new job: Opening a Buffalo office for the public affairs and lobbying group Mercury LLC. Bozek, a Williamsville native, spent most of the last decade as a Republican operati…

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…

Someone did a lot of shopping with money from George D. Maziarz’s campaign fund when he was a state senator. The questions for investigators: Who and why? Maziarz’s former campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, revealed 751 previously unreported transactions dating back as far as 2009 and totaling more than $151,000. Almost all of the purchases were made with …

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the spread of state-sanctioned gambling during his first six years in office, from expanded lottery and commercial casinos to daily fantasy sports wagering. One of the outcomes, though, was that churches, fire halls and veterans’ posts that run bingo games, raffles and other games of chance suffered with the saturation of new gamb…

The progressive protest movement that has confronted federal lawmakers from around the country swept into Western New York on Saturday, as Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, encountered hundreds of protesters and loud voices everywhere he went during four town hall meetings in the western Southern Tier. Standing outside a senior center in Ashville, in a veterans hall in Cherry C…

Huge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed Rep. Tom Reed's town hall meetings in Ashville and Cherry Creek Saturday morning, with the progressives repeatedly interrupting and shouting down the congressman's comments as he tried to defend Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The crowd in Ashville, in Chautauqua Co…

Mayor Byron W. Brown's annual State of the City address, his 11th, had a lot in common with his 10th. It also resembled his ninth. The mayor first recounted what he viewed as key accomplishments of the past year -- and then outlined his plans for the coming one. But then, at the end of his speech Friday, the three-term mayor offered a bit of a tease that deviated fro…

“Elysium” is the way ancient Greeks described a piece of heaven. Let me explain: For you, it is like hearing guitarist Ana Vidovic play “Cavatina.” My Elysium was a bar hidden on Pearl Street in Buffalo, just behind what then was the Art Moderne W.T. Grant department store at Main and Huron streets. The place was called Jew Murphy’s Omega Steel Bar and Gril…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed can expect to face some strong resistance at his four town hall meetings in the Southern Tier this weekend. But it sure won't be spontaneous. In fact, a group called "Indivisible of New York's 23rd District" – which is connected to a national movement organized by former Democratic congressional aides – has published a two-page "pla…