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Tim Kennedy has another TV ad airing that, depending on your point of view, is either a negative ad or a positive ad. Kennedy, an Erie County legislator from South Buffalo, is running to unseat State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View, in Tuesday's Democratic primary for the 58th district seat. The district covers part of Buffalo and much of the Southtowns. Commo…

The cynics wonder why Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend are battling each other in the Republican senatorial primary only to face the so-far invincible Chuck Schumer in November.But Berntsen isn't buying any of that talk. He is slated to be in Buffalo Friday to meet with volunteers and make the radio and TV rounds as he finishes up his primary campaign.Berntsen, an …

Who says there's no such thing as ethnic politics any more?For Sean Coffey, a Democatic candidate in Tuesday's attorney general contest, the big effort on Thursday was touting endorsements by two major newspapers serving the New York City Irish community -- the Irish Voice and the Irish Echo.“Coming from a working class Irish family, it is a privilege to receive …

ALBANY -- Ka-ching, ka-ching.So went the sounds from Carl Paladino's personal bank account over the past week as he wrote checks to fund his gubernatorial campaign committee to the tune of $650,000.The Buffalo real estate developer, whose latest lease with a state government agency for space in one of his Buffalo office buildings is set to begin Oct. 1, has vowed to s…

Andrew Cuomo left the door open today to run on the labor-backed Working Families Party line in the November gubernatorial election. The Democratic front-runner for the governor's office earlier this year shelved the idea -- at least at the time -- of running on the party's line after revelations that the small political organization was under federal investigati…

Another banner day Tuesday for last-minute donations from deep-pocket political donors, as various political campaigns reported taking in $106,000 in donations valued at $1,000 or more on just that one day. The always-interesting "24-hour notice filings," in which candidates must disclose to the state elections board the big donations within one day of receiving …

Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy received an endorsement from Rep. Brian Higgins in his bid for the Democratic State Senate.He cited Kennedy's involvement in banning texting while driving, promoting green technology in new county public works projects and the restoration of South Park Avenue. Higgins said Kennedy had also helped secure funding for waterfront develop…

The New York Times handed out endorsements on Friday, and the paper didn't have kind words for Buffalo developer Carl Paladino. Paladino's opponent, Rick Lazio, got the paper's endorsement in the GOP primary race for governor. The paper went on to describe Paladino's policy proposals as "clownish." Here's how the Times sums up its vi…

Kathleen M. Rice, the only woman candidate in the crowded Democratic primary field for attorney general, emphasized her backing by several female-oriented groups Friday -- including an influential Buffalo organization aiming to promote pro-choice women.The Women's TAP Fund, a Buffalo-based political action committee with a long history of supporting women candidates, …

Democratic attorney general candidate Richard L. Brodsky said Thursday he expects upstate to provide the deciding vote in the hard-fought, five-way primary campaign now entering its final stages.Brodsky, a veteran assemblyman from Westchester County, said he expects the vast terriroty north of New York City and its suburbs to ultimately choose between him and Sean Coffey, …

Six Five Democratic members of the Erie County Legislature today spurned one of their Democratic peers to endorse his opponent in a bitter State Senate primary battle. State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View, proudly accepted the legislators' endorsement this afternoon at a news conference on the steps of Old County Hall. The six five Democrats -- Lynn Mari…

State Sen. William T. Stachowski, who is facing a tough primary fight in his re-election bid this fall, has received a dubious honor from an environmental advocacy group. The Lake View Democrat is one of 12 candidates running for state office around the nation who were named to the "Dirty Dozen" list by the League of Conservation Voters. This is the first time th…

Carl P. Paladino can pick up a copy of the New York Times when he arrives on Staten Island tonight and read all about what the paper calls his "long shot" campaign for governor.The Buffalo Republican has received scant media attention in the Big Town, especially after he was dismissed in many circles following revelations that he had forwarded racist and por…

The low-key battle for the Republican nomination to face Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., picked up steam Tuesday, as one of the three GOP candidates unveiled his first statewide television ad.Joe DioGuardi, a former House member and certified public accountant from Ossining, released an ad in which he looks straight into the camera holding a card that lawmakers use whe…

Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder, never a member of the Shelly Silver Fan Club, is getting serious about his opposition to the Assembly speaker's position on Western New York issues.The Buffalo Democrat on Monday blamed the resignation of University President John B. Simpson on Silver's resistance to the UB 2020 plan that would grant more autonomy t…