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By Tom Precious ALBANY -- The state Conservative Party is just one of the groups pushing against a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to dramatically expand casino gambling in New York. The proposal is on the November ballot for voters statewide to consider. Besides opposing the growth of gambling, the party also characterizes as "deceptive'' the rosy w…

By Jill Terreri The audience for this post is likely narrow, but it will be useful to anyone who works around Niagara Square and eats lunch.   Sue's New York Deli is taking over operations in the City Hall cafeteria, under terms the Common Council is set to approve when it meets at 2 p.m. today.  It appears, from the restaurant's menu from its othe…

By Jill Terreri  Mayor Byron Brown and his Republican challenger, Sergio Rodriguez, have not scheduled any one-on-one debates before the general election. But the candidates are scheduled to appear together tonight, according to a release from the Rodriguez campaign. (Rodriguez wants to debate, Brown does not.)    The Judges Row Block Club is scheduled to me…

By Jerry Zremski  WASHINGTON -- Of course, today's top story in the nation's capital is the mass shooting at the Navy Yard. And while much has been written and said about it already, The Washington Post tries to answer the question everyone is asking: How did the shooter get guns into a military facility? Meanwhile, and on a very different issue, USA Today t…

      By Robert J. McCarthy   The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision allowing the authorization of two non-Democratic County Legislature candidates to run on the Democratic line on election ballots this November following the claim of a missed filing deadline.    Erie County Democratic Chairma…

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- With the Syria situation returning to the back burner for the time being at least, today's top reads turn our attention back to the economy and domestic politics. First and foremost, the Los Angeles Times reports that more Americans now consider themselves members of the lower class. And with big battles on the budget and the debt ceilin…

Check out today's post on the Amherst first blog about all the crazy election scenarios that could pop up in Amherst come November. And don't forget to read all about Erie County's suburban elections in today's story in The Buffalo News.

As today's story about suburban elections notes, there's a lot that could happen in Amherst in November.  Here are some possible -- if unlikely -- scenarios: -- A 4-1 Republican majority with a Republican supervisor -- A 4-1 Republican majority with a Democratic supervisor -- A 4-1 Democratic majority -- A 3-2 Democratic majority on a board with a Republican…

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- Not surprisingly, today's top read is about Syria, as The New York Times explains President Obama's shifting stances on the issue. Meantime, two other top reads focus on campaign finance. First, The Washington Post explores a secret -- and possibly illegal -- effort to help Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. A…

By Robert J. McCarthy      Erie County Conservatives are expressing optimism they will preserve their line for Byron W. Brown, their endorsed candidate for mayor of Buffalo, following a serious write-in attempt by Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez.    Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said late Wednesday that Brown received 66 votes on the Conservative ballot,…

   By Robert J. McCarthy   The Siena Research Institute, which conducted three mayoral polls this primary season for The Buffalo News and WGRZ/Channel 2, was right on target in the Democratic race between incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Bernard A. Tolbert.   Brown triumphed over Tolbert on Tuesday 68 to 32 percent, within the margin of…

By Jill Terreri The primary results aren't even 12 hours old, but Republican Sergio Rodriguez said unequivocally in a statement this morning that he wants to debate before the general election.  "It is irresponsible for the mayor to deny the people of Buffalo an opportunity to hear about what each candidate plans on doing to address the issues that matter …

Erie County sheriff, Democratic primaryRichard E. Dobson Sr. (18,121 votes), 51%Bert D. Dunn (17,429 votes), 49%423 of 425 precincts reporting (99%) Erie County legislator, District 1, Democratic primaryBarbara Miller-Williams (3,588 votes), 50%Timothy R. Hogues (3,568 votes), 50%53 of 53 precincts reporting (100%) * Complete results for all Erie County primary races * Com…