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      By Robert J. McCarthy   In the first mayoral primary election pitting two African-Americans against each other, challenger Bernard Tolbert has snared the backing of the Challenger, the city's top black newspaper.   Announced on the front page of this week's edition with a photo of a beaming Tolbert, the paper echoes t…

  By Robert J. McCarthy   When Democrats endorse Democrats, it usually doesn't make big news.   But when a Democrat endorses a county legislator who caucuses with the Republicans, Politics Now takes notice.   That's exactly the case in the endorsement of Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, a Democrat, for Legislator Lynne M…

Williamsville is bullish on its historic buildings -- so much so that it will add a few dozen more to its list.  Stop down to Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, at 6 p.m. if you want to get a sneak peak at which buildings those are. The Clinton Brown architectural firm will recommend to village officials about 30 buildings that could be nominated for state or national hi…

By Jill Terreri We took a look at some of the claims made in the mayoral debate Tuesday night, and fact-checked what we could turnaround in one day.  I had hoped to include Sergio Rodriguez's charge that the city had to return funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, something Mayor Byron Brown had steadfastly denied in an earlier debate. HU…

People either love it or despise it.  We're talking about the new Wyndham Garden hotel that opened yesterday in Amherst.  Reactions on The News' Facebook page to Samantha Maziarz Christmann's story in today's paper were strong and polarized, like these: "Ruins the whole look of entering the Village," remarked reader Doris Jones.…

   By Robert J. McCarthy   Bill de Blasio, the New York City public advocate, is widening his lead in the race to succeed outgoing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. And that's good news to one upstate supporter -- former County Executive Joel A. Giambra.   "I just have a kinship with him," said the Democrat-turned-Republican Giambra. …

  By Robert J. McCarthy    Some days it's good to be an incumbent when running for re-election as mayor of Buffalo.   Mayor Byron W. Brown, facing a challenge from former FBI agent Bernard Tolbert, receives a major award from the Buffalo Rotary Club today in a bit of good timing just 12 days before the Democratic primary.   Brow…

We wrote earlier this year about how the suburbs finally seem to want an expansion of Metro Rail or some other extension of public transit.  But while Amherst leaders are open to the idea, the three candidates running for Mayor of Buffalo don't seem to keen on spending city dollars to make that happen.  Watch this video from last night's mayoral debate …

Your head might be spinning after all the recent talk about "curb cuts" and "bulb-outs" as a way to make Williamsville more pedestrian friendly. But if those terms are a bit unclear, the images below make things easier to visualize. Taken at the recent pedestrian block party by News Staff Photographer Sharon Cantillon, the pictures show what the propose…

Watch the third Buffalo mayoral debate beginning at 8 p.m. with Democratic incumbent Byron W. Brown, Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert and Republican challenger Sergio R. Rodriguez. The hourlong debate will be immediately followed by analysis from The News' Brian Meyer and debate panelist Bob McCarthy. …

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- Today's top read, from The Washington Post, takes an in-depth look at the human cost of a corporate shift toward maximizing shareholder value -- through the eyes of former IBM employees in Endicott, in Broome County. Meanwhile, The New York Times notes that President Obama's high-level appointments still tilt toward men. And Politic…

By Tom PreciousALBANY -- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today endorsed Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner for re-election in her September primary race. DiNapoli, a Democrat whose office has been having some tussles of late with Cuomo administration agencies, called Miner the kind of leader needed in tough fiscal times "and a political environment that seems to favor c…

Fresh off recent talk -- and action -- about traffic and walkability, the Village of Williamsville board will discuss some other quality-of-life issues tonight.  The board will talk about the placement of signs -- both commercial and political -- as well as cars parking on front lawns and federal block grant funding. View the village board work session agenda here…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- It's one of those basic little items state government reporters at least check everyday: the governor's schedule. On down days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office at least gives a general idea where he will be (such as "New York City area''). Today, no such schedule, and Cuomo officials are not saying why. It is, though, fres…

By Jill Terreri Whether the  candidates were expecting it or not, the state of the city schools has become a major issue in the mayoral campaign. As the problems make headlines every day (a recap of those can be found on the School Zone blog) questions about what Mayor Byron Brown and Bernie Tolbert have planned when it comes to the schools have peppered both debates,…