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There was a time, here at the Politics Column, when we devoted this weekly space to – well – politics. But lately, indictments and court appearances comprise the bulk of political news around here. Maybe we should call it the Crime Column. Indeed, former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon found himself before a judge for the third time in 10 months on M…

LOCKPORT - Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr. pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge Wednesday. Scott was arraigned by Lockport City Judge William J. Watson, who was assigned the case after all of the Niagara Falls judges recused themselves. Defense attorney John V. Elmore said he has discussed a possible disposition in …

Conservative leaders vented their wrath at three county legislators Tuesday, denying their endorsement over their “bad votes” on financing for new emergency facilities at Erie County Medical Center. Democrats Patrick B. Burke and Peter J. Savage III plus Republican Kevin R. Hardwick – all had Conservative backing in previous elections – received a thumbs down du…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mark D. Berube, who was appointed to a Common Council seat left vacant by the late Phillip R. Rizzo, has announced he will run for a full two-year term in this fall's election. Berube, a Republican, represents the 1st Ward. Rizzo resigned Feb. 2 and died April 29 at age 83. Since 2003, Berube has worked as a compliance specialist for Installs Inc.…

WASHINGTON – Will they glow in the dark? That is, Republican Congressmen Chris Collins of Clarence and Tom Reed of Corning? Their two votes put across a health care bill that might well have been written by insurance industry lobbyists at the Trump University School of Medicine. At the close of Thursday’s razor-thin vote, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pe…

NORTH TONAWANDA – North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced Thursday that he is running for re-election to a full four-year term this fall. Pappas, who was appointed mayor by the Common Council after Robert G. Ortt was elected to the State Senate in 2014, is a Republican who said he will also seek the nominations of the Conservative and Independence parties. …

Cute and talented The PreK students at Buffalo Public Schools are as cute as they are talented. We told you earlier this week that the artwork of budding Picassos, Chihulys and Monets are on display on the first floor of City Hall. It's part of the school district's "50th Annual Prekindergarten Art Show." Well, yesterday there was a reception with PreK student…

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown was officially endorsed for a fourth term Thursday evening by the Erie County Democratic Committee’s Executive Committee. The committee also gave its backing to Bernard A. Tolbert, former supervisor of the FBI office in Buffalo and head of security for the National Basketball Association, who will challenge Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Ho…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins told CNN that he didn't read the entire Republican health care bill that the House passed Thursday. And then he told The Buffalo News that he was unaware of a key provision in the bill that decimates a health plan that serves 635,000 New Yorkers. Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he had read the entire health bill, Collins, R-Clarence, …

WASHINGTON – The health care bill that House Republicans passed Thursday could cost New York State about $7 billion a year – while leaving untold thousands of state residents uninsured. That's a consensus health experts reached in a deep dive into the complex legislation, which not only aims to cut Medicaid and other key health programs important to the state, but …

Down in New York City, where ultra-progressives like Bill de Blasio preside, it might be hard to grasp the Tuesday night scene occurring 380 miles away in Lackawanna. Byron Brown attended the interview meeting of the Erie County Conservative Party at Jay’s White Elephant as his re-election campaign for mayor of Buffalo kicks off. For many years, Democrat Brown has eag…

Democrats in the Erie County Legislature’s District 2 have endorsed April Baskin to succeed mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant. Party officials chose her Wednesday night from among four original candidates including former Council Member-at-Large Charley H. Fisher III; Duncan Kirkwood, Western New York advocacy manager for the Northeast Charter Schools Network; and J…

Quiz for today This flag has been flying outside City Hall this week alongside Old Glory. Can you guess which country it's from and why it's  being flown? The answer can be found here  in the second section.   Marathon meeting Part one of the 2017-18 budget  process was relatively short and sweet. The mayor presented his proposal. The Common Council received i…