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Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera addresses his colleagues during a Jan. 24 session of the Buffalo …

 As Conservative leaders from Erie and Niagara counties continued sniping at each other this weekend over Erie's decision to endorse Democrat Charles M. Swanick for the State Senate seat now held by Republican Mark J. Grisanti, the state's top Conservative stepped in Saturday to make it clear where he stands. "Niagara County has no official standing if,…

HuffPost poked a little fun at Byron Brown. The governor defended his promise for Buffalo. Mark Grisanti continued to make news. Here's a roundup of some recent political headlines from outside the WNY. David Murray of the Huffington Post offers a tongue-in-cheek review of how municipal leaders fill up their annual “State of the City” addresses when many don’t have mu…

The News' Bob McCarthy and Brian Meyer discuss a significant blow to State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti's re-election hopes — the often-influential Conservative party's decision to back Democrat Charles M. Swanick.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer today said the announcement by the U.S. Postal Service was only a "preliminary notice," and Congress has until May 15 to come up with legislation that would prevent closure of the Buffalo Processing and Distribution Center on William Street. Listen to what he said during a news conference in Cheektowaga this morning: Download audio --Aaron …

The News features a live politics chat weekly at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Today's is hosted by Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski, with the focus on politics and policies in the nation's capital and the effects on Western New York. Politics Now chat (Washington edition) with D.C. Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski

Last week in Congress: How our representatives voted with analysis from News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski  ----- WASHINGTON — One vote mattered most in the House last week, and it passed in a big way. Both the House and Senate agreed to extend the 2 percentage point payroll tax cut till the end of the year, while also extending unemployment benefits and rescu…

The union endorsements keep coming as part of the special election for the 145th Assembly District, which is slated for March 20. After South Council Member Michael P. Kearns, a Democrat running on the Republican line, announced two endorsements last week, his opponent has worked overtime to emphasize his own labor backing. Democrat Christopher J. Fahey, an aide to Rep. Br…

-- Update: 3:07 p.m. -- The city needs to complete the environmental review for the proposed Acropolis expansion, so there was no vote today on the matter. Assistant Corporation Counsel Alan P. Gerstman made the announcement during this afternoon's Common Council meeting. The need to complete the environmental review was not raised during this morning's caucus. 1…

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South Park Avenue, including this South Buffalo stretch looking towards Lackawanna, would be honorarily renamed "Father Nelson Baker Way" under a new proposal. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News file photo) Just how related are the following two things? You be the judge. --South Council Member Michael P. Kearns is a candidate in the March 20 special election for the …

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Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Erie County Legislator Thomas J. Mazur, left, and Legislator-elect Timothy Hogues celebrate …

Mark Grisanti, Mark Grisanti and Mark Grisanti. The casino incident involving the state senator got national and even international coverage and was a big part of this week's political headlines. Here's a look at what others said about it this week: HuffPost’s New York editor-at-large writes, “For an unremarkable freshman state senator, Grisanti has a lot of stat…