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As a number of new political leaders took office this year, some publicly owned signage was repainted with new names. For instance, signs were reprinted when Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz began his administration. It is a topic recently examined in-depth by the Buffalo News. This week in our weekly Press Pass conversation, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News repo…

   It didn't take long for fund-raising appeals in the congressional district represented by Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul to get under way.    Hochul distributed fund-raising emails today complete with a Saturday story from The Buffalo News detailing the potential plans of three Republicans to challenge her this fall. They include former County…

Want to see where the wrecking ball is headed in the City of Buffalo? fixBuffalo generated a Google map of the 57 properties slated to be demolished, compiled from some documents I got from the city. Broadway Fillmore Alive also had a take on the situation. --Aaron BeseckerFollow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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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 Betty Jean Grant dances as results trickle in on election night in Novembe…

From the local home for cargo planes to the ongoing aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, our local pols, political issues and policies are making news elsewhere. Here's a quick look at a few of the highlights. With a new round of military base closings on the horizon, The Hill's Kevin Bogardus says lobbyists are gearing up for work from community's looki…

   It may rank in the "ultimate inside baseball" category, but Politics Now is for people who care about such things as the inner workings of the Erie County Democratic Committee.    So it's interesting to note that the selection process to replace Mark C. Poloncarz as county comptroller continues to rankle some Democrats. Gregory B. …

ALBANY –- It only took 48 hours -– and an embarrassing media report -– but the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics is acknowledging it has approved the hiring of a veteran prosecutor with close ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as its executive director. Ellen Biben will take her subpoena and investigatory powers from her post as Cuomo’s Inspector General to the $148,000-pe…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has barely memorized his new telephone number since taking office Jan. 1, but is already raising money for 2015. Postcards have been arriving in Democratic mail boxes touting a Feb. 8 fundraiser at Sonoma Grille in Snyder to benefit the county executive's campaign kitty. The tariff on the Poloncarz event is a hefty $500, sh…

There's a $7 million question on the table, but county lawmakers aren't talking about it. Not during a public meeting this morning, at least. The county late last year agreed to pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit over a near-drowning that left a woman severely brain damaged. At issue now is how the county should pay for it. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, a D…

Political Reporter Bob McCarthy and City Hall reporter Aaron Besecker will host a live chat at 1 p.m. today to talk and take reader questions about issues related to Buffalo politics. This is the second of weekly Politics Now chats at 1 p.m. Thursdays, which will also feature Erie County Hall reporter Denise Jewell Gee, Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski and Tom Preciou…

ALBANY -- Two major public employee unions today announced new ad campaigns they say are meant to shed some reality into the state budget talks. "Not good for people. Not good for the economy,'' states the tagline on a new print ad being taken out statewide by the Civil Service Employees Association, the largest union representing state workers. The campaign…

The public comment period for the planned move of Women & Children's Hospital from the Elmwood Village to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has begun. It officially started with Kaleida Health's release of the draft environmental impact statement. Check out the document (pdf/37 MB). --Aaron BeseckerFollow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.  ----- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver talks about legislative and congressional redistricting and his plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour. The Legislature -- more pre…

James J. Eagan has the support of Erie County legislators to stay on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners for another five years. The Legislature voted unanimously last week to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reappoint Eagan, of Orchard Park, to a five-year term on the NFTA board. Legislators praised Eagan as "responsive"…