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WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton goes for walks in the woods near her Westchester County home now, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is back to doing what he's been doing for 10 years: giving Senate floor speeches on behalf of the little guy. But the battle between the two for the 2016 Democratic nomination lives on, strangely, in the fight for the future of the Democratic Party. …

The house stays; the garage can go  The final decision was the one-time John Chase Lord farmhouse at 794 Potomac stays, but the garage on the property can be demolished. It was the culmination of a rather unusual city Preservation Board meeting, during which it was disclosed the board's past request that the city landmark the property was never acted upon because th…

Political pundits in Hamburg chuckle a little when you ask them about this year's local elections. Control of the Town Board is up for grabs, with four seats up for election in November. A highway superintendent and town justice also will be elected. "From past history, I would think it would be a free for all," said Raymond F. Gallagher, a former state senator and h…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

Ever since Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder surfaced as a mayoral candidate a few months ago, just about everybody watching the contest could only ask: “Why?” Nary a “political observer” saw a path for Schroeder, a popular and savvy pol who nonetheless appeared out of his league in a challenge to three-time incumbent Mayor Byron Brown. Something had to happen…

No doubt that getting six military service medals Wednesday – after all these years – was the highlight of George Watts' day. But there was more. After the WWII vet received the medals he earned during the war, but had never received, Mayor Brown declared Wednesday "George Watts Day" in Buffalo. https://twitter.com/MayorByronBrown/status/834479577229570048 Wa…

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…

Prospective school board candidates can find out what the job entails before they run for a seat in May. The Erie County Association of School Boards will conduct a free workshop for those thinking of running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4 at Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. Topics include information on school boards and the law, the election proces…

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…

By Moriah Balingit, Emma Brown and Sandhya Somashekhar The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students and is preparing changes to federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities. A White House spokesman said Tuesday that the Educ…

By Franco Ordonez  WASHINGTON — Immigration lawyers have already begun taking steps to challenge President Donald Trump’s sweeping new directives to step up deportations of those in the country illegally. Some of the top immigration rights groups and their lawyers huddled over the weekend and Tuesday to debate when and how they want to attack directives released…

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. …