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Now that Byron W. Brown has won a fourth term as mayor – something accomplished only once before in Buffalo’s history – he pointed to "bold" initiatives he said have transformed the city and said he will continue in that vein. That should come as welcome news to some critics and allies alike, who rarely associate that word with the buttoned-down mayor. But Brow…

Columns

Thomas Robinson began his Election Day by stopping at Tim Hortons. Long before dawn, he delivered coffee and doughnuts Tuesday to poll workers at the Pratt Willert Community Center, which he does each year to show his thanks for what they offer: "You vote," he said, "so at least you have a way of speaking out." After Robinson cast his ballot, he took a drive and coll…

Local News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins and other Republican lawmakers portray their tax reform plan as a win-win for taxpayers and the economy, but the Clarence congressman Tuesday acknowledged another, swampier reason for him to back a rewrite of the tax code. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’ ” Collins said. Collins ma…

History

Lurking at the corner of countless Western New York sports bars you’ll find them: the trivia nuts. You know the kind — the walking encyclopedias who recite Joe Ferguson’s passing yardage in 1980 or Tony McKegney’s junior hockey totals. But as any real Buffalonian knows, our spectator sports extend beyond the Bills, Sabres and Bisons. Keeping score in politics ra…

Erie County

Erie County owned approximately 1,000 obsolete lever voting machines when it was required to replace them with electronic machines in 2010. So what happened to the steel machines that weighed about 700 pounds each? All but 10 of the voting machines used for a nearly a century in Erie County were sold for scrap, said Ralph M. Mohr, Erie County's Republican elections…

Buffalo

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to pick Erie County's next sheriff and county legislators, town supervisors and mayors in both Niagara and Erie counties. Our reporters and photographers have been visiting polling sites, talking to voters and candidates, and will bring you results after the polls close. You can follow the live coverage below in tweets from Buffalo N…

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WASHINGTON – Burmese soldiers set fire to Nay Htoo's village when he was 10, sending him fleeing into the mountains on the first leg of a 36-year journey that took him from Burma to Buffalo — and, Monday, to a place he never could have imagined: The U.S. Capitol. Nay Htoo, who told the details of his family's harrowing journey in a series last year in The Buffalo…

Erie County

WASHINGTON – Only a bit more than a quarter of the taxpayers in Western New York take the deduction for state and local taxes that a Republican tax plan would trim by 71 percent -- but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday that cutting the "SALT" deduction would harm the vast majority of taxpayers in the state. Offering their m…

Politics

Candidates for Erie County Legislature's 10th District traded charges over a controversial campaign flier that says that Michelle Schoeneman "wants to bring free heroin shoot up sites to our community," and gives the impression that it was sent by her campaign. "I never said I wanted heroin shoot up sites, heroin injection sites, anything of that sort," Schoeneman said…

Crime

Joseph McMahon, campaign manager for Democrat Brian J. Kulpa, said he has worked “plenty of campaigns.” So when he started hearing from constituents that a couple of Amherst candidates’ lawn signs had gone missing, McMahon was not too alarmed. But when the reports started increasing throughout last week, McMahon became concerned. Four Democratic candidates f…

Joseph C. Lorigo, majority leader of the Erie County Legislature, will travel to the White House on Nov. 16 to discuss federal tax reform with cabinet secretaries and other members of President Trump's team. “This came as a surprise to me, but it’s really a great honor and an excellent opportunity for the people I represent,” Lorigo said Saturday. A Conservativ…

Local News

You would think that when Erie County Democrats plan their Election Night gathering at Statler City on Tuesday, it automatically would qualify as a “victory party.” Democrats, after all, outnumber Republicans by almost 135,000 voters in Erie County. Winning the three countywide races as well as control of the Legislature should be a sure thing for the Democrats. …

Politics

Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…

Amherst

Amherst voters will choose two new council members from among five candidates on Election Day. They will replace Deputy Supervisor Steven D. Sanders, who is barred from running for re-election because of term limits, and Ramona D. Popowich, who decided not to seek a second term. Here's a primer on the candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire: Erin K.…