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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently endorsed fellow Democrat Vanessa Glushefski for Erie County comptroller. "With her experience as an attorney and CPA, along with her dedication to public service, Vanessa Glushefski is highly qualified to serve as County Comptroller,"DiNapoli said in a statement. Glushefski said she was honored to have his endorsement as som…

ALBANY – Tom DiNapoli just wasn’t into playing the political rumor game. For the better part of a year, Albany has been whispering about a scenario in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not seek a third term in 2018, despite his non-stop fundraising and frequent statewide barnstorming. Under the theory, Cuomo is interested in keeping his name alive for a possible 2020…

Terrence A. Robinson, who is registered as a Democrat, is the Green Party candidate for Buffalo mayor. He serves on the Buffalo Preservation Board and is a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Even though Byron W. Brown won the primary election last month and seems to be a shoe-in for next month’s general election, 62-year-old Robinson is not deterred. …

There will be at least one write-in candidate challenging incumbent Byron W. Brown in the race for Buffalo mayor in the November general election. Taniqua Simmons, a political newcomer and Humboldt Park resident, announced her candidacy back in May but  skipped last month’s Democratic primary that Brown won, virtually sealing a fourth term for him. Despite that, S…

ALBANY – Republicans are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not getting rid of all of the contributions he received from Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer numerous women have accused of rape or sexual harassment. The New York Republican Party said Cuomo is the sole Democratic politician not donating all of Weinstein’s contributions to charities “In the dictio…

Even though Byron W. Brown won the all-important Democratic primary last month, the race for Buffalo mayor is not over yet. Heading into the November general election, Brown spent almost $32,500 from Sept.19 – that's a week after the primary – through the end of September, according to campaign spending reports filed in the past few days with the state Board of Elec…

The two candidates for Erie County comptroller are waging a hard campaign to win voter attention in a low-turnout year, and both have recently posted videos to their social media pages touting their qualifications. Democratic challenger Vanessa Glushefski posted a 45-second social media spot touting her credentials as a certified accountant. "Our vibrant community, o…

Buffalo is short a federal judge, and the local U.S. attorney's office does its work with an interim leader. It's all because of the Trump administration's slowness in making appointments and a dispute over how much of a say Democratic senators should have in the appointments. Now that dispute has moved into a new, more ominous phase, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mi…

Rep. Brian Higgins, who has long been among the most sartorially adventurous members of the House, can be seen these days sporting shoes that were much more popular among 1990s grunge rockers than they ever were with members of Congress. Beneath his blue pinstriped suit on Wednesday, the Buffalo Democrat wore a pair of brown Dr. Martens shoes, replete with their tradema…

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election. The Erie County and Niagara County boards of elections have registration forms available for download on their websites, and the forms also are available at town and city halls, post offices and some public libraries. They must be postmarked by Friday to be valid for this year's election. Citi…

ALBANY – A leading environmental group has scored members of the State Legislature for their voting records during the 2017 session and Western New York lawmakers received a broad range of ratings. EPL/Environmental Advocates gave perfect scores for the votes taken during the six-month session by four Democrats from Western New York: Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Assembly …

Steve Cichon, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Erie County clerk, has been handing out palm cards that state, "I think the County Clerk's office is the greatest job in Erie County. It's the most direct service-oriented position in government." High praise for a position that processes deeds, titles, pistol permits, car registrations and driver's licenses. But his o…

Republican candidates plan to boycott a public forum for candidates for Amherst Town Board scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The forum is hosted by the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board, and the Republican Party Vice Chairman Joe Heins said it's inappropriate for a partisan government-appointed board to host a poli…

It usually doesn't garner Rep. Chris Collins any headlines, but the Republican from Clarence has been a big booster of the Boy Scouts for several years. And this past weekend, he contributed again, meeting with Boy Scouts at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program. And he left them with a less…

County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently posted a tweet promoting a fund raiser for Legislature Minority Leader Thomas Loughran. Not uncommon. What was uncommon was its length. Poloncarz not only had room to mention the fund raiser, but that Loughran is being targeted by Republicans and Conservatives for his support of the Erie County Medical Center financing deal. Then…