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The Village of Blasdell is looking for candidates for village trustee. The opening came as a result of former Mayor Michael Petrie winning election to the Hamburg Town Board. Petrie resigned Wednesday as mayor, and the Village Board appointed Trustee Rob Hefner to succeed him. Hefner will accept letters of interest accompanied by resumes from village residents who ar…

It was a bit of musical chairs in the Village of Blasdell Wednesday night as the mayor resigned, the deputy mayor took over, then the board appointed a new mayor. Mayor Michael Petrie, who joined the Hamburg Town Board Jan. 1, submitted his resignation during the mayor's report section of the meeting, where he said he was pleased to have been able to serve the villa…

Erie County

Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

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Dan DeLano doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn't have the typical background, either. The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members. But DeLano, who …

Buffalo

The WNY Peace Center is organizing a bus trip to Seneca Falls on Jan. 20 and a march in downtown Buffalo on Jan. 21 to mark the first anniversary of the historic Women's Marches held throughout the U.S. on the day after President Donald J. Trump took office. The #STILLRESISTING bus to Seneca Falls leaves at 7 a.m. Jan. 20 from the University at Buffalo South Campus Park…

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The Amherst Town Board and new Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa made a number of appointments at the board's reorganizational meeting Tuesday night. Kulpa named Francina Spoth, who was elected to the board in 2015, as deputy supervisor. The board approved Kulpa's selection of Julie Yates, the wife of Williamsville Trustee Al Yates, as the supervisor's secretary, at a salary…

Erie County

Democratic Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke posted an unintentionally funny Instagram video, featuring his 7-year-old son, to make it official: He's running for the State Assembly seat vacated by Michael Kearns after Kearns was elected to serve as county clerk last year. The independent-minded South Buffalo resident was elected to the Legislature in 2013 without par…

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Councilman Andrew P. Touma was unanimously elected the new chairman of the Niagara Falls City Council at its reorganization meeting Monday. Touma said the Council will meet on Wednesdays this year instead of the traditional Mondays, starting at 6 p.m., not 5 as it has recently done. He said it will give members more of an opportunity to review resolutions, and also avoi…

Business

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had the perfect icebreaker to grab her audience's attention at the grand debut of the downtown University at Buffalo medical school. When Hochul stepped to the podium at the building's opening earlier this month, the first thing she did was to hold up her right arm in a brace. "I'm here as your first subject," Hochul told the crowd of 1…

The chairman of the Amherst Republican Committee is resigning Dec. 31 after five years in the role, the party announced Wednesday. Carl Balmas on Jan. 1 will assume a new role with the Erie County Republican Committee as vice chairman for towns, according to a news release. Balmas, an Army veteran, was first elected chairman of the town committee in 2012. Joe Heins, …

Buffalo

A Manhattan jury last week cleared Carl Paladino, Michael Caputo and Roger Stone in a defamation lawsuit tied to the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to the New York Daily News. The lawsuit by Libertarian Party candidate Warren Redlich alleged Paladino, Caputo and Stone were among those behind a campaign mailer that targeted Redlich. The mailer was designed as a "…

Amherst

Government meetings are typically good viewing, if you need a sleep aid. Not so Monday in the Village of Williamsville when the board held its meeting in a "Late Night" talk show format, complete with a monologue by Mayor Brian J. Kulpa and a live band. Kulpa is preparing to depart village government to become Amherst town supervisor and had always promised that he w…

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ALBANY – The Republicans have their first official candidate to run for governor next year: Brian Kolb, the Assembly GOP leader from the Finger Lakes region. Kolb, 65, made his decision public Tuesday morning, telling a Rochester radio station he is running while opening a new twitter account to promote his candidacy. Kolb is among several Republicans who have been t…

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday called on the National Park Service to approve the former Niagara Machine and Tool Works Factory on Buffalo's East Side as a historic property so that the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project can cash in on a key tax break before it is curtailed or rescinded. Putting the factory on the National Registe…

Hamburg

Outgoing Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters is being considered for the town attorney's post in January. Walters did not seek re-election after serving three terms as supervisor, and there has been speculation for months about his next job. The supervisor, who is an attorney, said he has been focusing on making sure there is a smooth transition in the supervisor's…