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As an Irish folk band blared ballads through Cazenovia Park a few days ago, Byron W. Brown stood out as the rare black face in an explosion of green garb. The mayor was following one of the first rules of Buffalo politics – attend every ethnic celebration on the calendar – as he worked the South Buffalo Irish Festival on turf usually claimed by his Democratic primar…

None of the three Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary election for two seats on the Amherst Town Board want to see the former Westwood Country Club developed into a mix of housing for 1,700 people, retail and commercial space. They all want to see the privately-owned 171-acre site between Sheridan Drive and Maple Road remain as green space, either as a recreation…

Four Democratic candidates are lining up to take the seat being vacated by 2nd District Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who is running for mayor. The 2nd district stretches across the center of the city like a belt, from the Upper East Side through the Delaware and Elmwood Village neighborhoods and across to Buffalo State and the West Side. The primary candidates include c…

There hasn't been a Republican primary for supervisor in Orchard Park in 20 years. And rather than two party insiders battling it out Tuesday, this primary is between a retired dentist who is the incumbent and a contractor who has party leaders scratching their heads because they don't know much about him. Supervisor Patrick J. Keem and Edward M. Shanahan have some…

Here's a list of the candidates on the ballot in Niagara County for contested races in the Tuesday, Sept. 12 primary election. Only voters enrolled in a political party may vote in that party's primary elections. For example, only enrolled Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries. Eligible voters may vote for only one candidate in each race, unless otherwise noted.…

The big primary election Tuesday in Hamburg may be the Democrat supervisor's race between James M. Shaw and Dennis Gaughan, but there are other races. Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., the only candidate on the Republican line, and Ted Casey, the only candidate on the Democratic line, are seen as the main candidates for highway superintendent. But each has a primary …

WASHINGTON – In Houston, householders were just coming to grips with the fact that those whose homes weren’t destroyed by Hurricane Harvey were covered with mold and filth. In South Florida, tens of thousands transformed the interstates into slow-moving parking lots, with drivers praying they could find enough fuel to escape Hurricane Irma – but to where? In Savannah…

Pre-primary points to ponder: • If any past primary inspires mayoral underdogs Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant, it must be Lovely Warren’s surprise victory over incumbent Tom Richards in the 2013 contest for mayor of Rochester. Richards was leading the then-City Council president 63 to 27 percent in a Siena pre-primary poll, leading most experts to pronounc…

In their fast-paced back-and-forth at the WNED-TV studios on Wednesday, Mayor Byron W. Brown and challengers Betty Jean Grant and Mark J.F. Schroeder lost track of some rhetorical details. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/06/live-watch-buffalos-mayoral-debate/ Here's how The Buffalo News assessed the truth of some of their statements: Schroeder, the Buffalo city c…

The three Democratic candidates for Buffalo mayor debated Wednesday night. Incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown faced off against challengers Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant. The debate was sponsored by The Buffalo News, WNED-WBFO and WGRZ-TV. Watch the debate below: http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/06/brown-grant-schroeder-spar-final-buffalo-mayoral-debat…

Almost anybody who has ever met Mark J.F. Schroeder recognizes the city comptroller’s longtime ambition to lead Buffalo as its mayor. As he takes on incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Betty Jean Grant in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, Schroeder seems to revel in all that the city's top job entails – policy, leadership requirements, and even campaigning. Bu…

Just eight months into Donald Trump's four years as president, more New Yorkers than ever view his presidency unfavorably, according to the latest Siena College poll. Sixty-six percent of New Yorkers gave the president a negative favorability rating, while fewer Republicans are expressing strong support of him, according to poll results released Wednesday morning. Ne…

In 2005, the median household income in Buffalo was $27,311, and about 37 percent of Buffalo’s children lived in poverty. It was also the year before Mayor Byron W. Brown took office for his first of three terms. On the campaign trail looking to claim four more years, Brown touts frozen or reduced taxes, economic development throughout the city and a reduction in viole…

Candidates running in next week's primary election in Niagara Falls will have their say and answer the public's questions in a forum set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Candidates for City Court judge, City Council and 6th District Niagara County legislator have been invited to appear at the session, organized through the Niagara …