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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert McCarthy joined The Buffalo News in 1982 and has been political reporter since 1992. A native of Schenectady, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University.


Local News

With all 451 election districts reporting, 26 votes separated the top two candidates in a five-way Democratic primary Tuesday to unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for the 23rd U.S. Congressional District seat in the upcoming November general election. U.S. Air Force veteran Max Della Pia had 7,022 votes, or 32.34 percent, and former Cornell University IT di…

Deaths

Jan. 26, 1930 – June 26, 2018 Thomas F. Higgins, a Korean War veteran who went on to become a Buffalo Police Department luminary and three-term sheriff of Erie County, died Tuesday afternoon in his South Buffalo home. He was 88. His death was announced at a meeting Tuesday evening of the Blackthorn Club, a South Buffalo Irish-American fraternal organization where he …

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday gained backing from the Civil Service Employees Association after the powerful union snubbed him during his last election in 2014. The union, which represents thousands of government workers throughout the state, said in a statement that Cuomo has “taken monumental steps to make sure unions are stronger than ever.” “He has stood side by…

Columns

Some random observations about politics around here: • Stephanie Miner, the former mayor of Syracuse, at one time maintained such a close political relationship with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that she served as his co-chairwoman of the Democratic State Committee – the same post now held by Mayor Byron Brown. But things soured when Miner penned a New York Times op-ed raili…

Local News

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed all claims against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State by a Buffalo woman who said she was sexually harassed by local economic development chief Sam Hoyt, dealing another blow to the case and possibly quelling a fire storm torching the 2018 gubernatorial campaign. In a 30-page decision issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge R…

Local News

For years, Stephanie Miner has served as a certified, card-carrying nemesis to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Once a trusted confidante whom Cuomo anointed as co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, the former mayor of Syracuse in recent years jumps at every opportunity to take on her erstwhile ally. Now she launches the ultimate challenge to Cuomo with an independent ca…

Columns

Back when state Comptroller Carl McCall was running for governor in 2002, he used to joke about treading carefully through the land mines of Erie County’s Democratic politics. “I have to make five different stops every time I come to Erie County, so one or another warring faction doesn’t get offended,” he said back then. They were the “glory days” for the Politics Co…

Politics

When President Trump imposed travel restrictions on a host of Muslim countries early in his administration, Tish James was among the hundreds who descended upon John F. Kennedy International Airport to protest and welcome foreign visitors. The New York City public advocate, who is seeking the Democratic nod for state attorney general, now promises even more opposition t…

Politics

Two New York City office holders running for statewide posts will campaign in Buffalo Saturday during the annual Juneteenth Festival. Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Council member and candidate in the September Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, will attend the Juneteenth parade beginning at 11 a.m. and then deliver remarks from the festival stage in Martin Luthe…

Local News

Erie County Democrats have turned to a little-known business consultant to challenge Republican state Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs this fall in a district that often attracted statewide attention and millions of dollars in previous races. Carima El-Behairy, a Buffalo resident who grew up on Grand Island, has been endorsed by local Democrats, party officials said. She is c…

Local News

Alan Keyes, the former diplomat and three-time presidential contender, will deliver the commencement address at Chesterton Academy of Buffalo in West Seneca at 7 p.m. Friday. The Harvard University graduate served as a diplomat in various posts around the world and as an ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan administration. He competed in Republican primari…

Local News

A state ethics panel may have dismissed sexual harassment charges against former economic development guru Sam Hoyt, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political opponents have not. Last week’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) conclusion exonerating Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault charges brought by a former state employee is catapulting the issue into the campai…

Columns

When Marc Molinaro gathered reporters on Main Street Wednesday to talk about his Republican campaign for governor, he started with a noteworthy observation. "You’re probably going to see me pretty often,” he said. The Dutchess County executive is not traveling westward these days just to sample local cuisine, though he did venture later that day to the political mecc…

Crime

Barring action by the Court of Appeals, the political corruption trial of G. Steven Pigeon will begin on Oct. 15 as scheduled following a rejection of his motion to suppress evidence seized three years ago at his waterfront condo. The state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that the Rochester-based Appellate Division denied efforts by Pigeon attorney Paul J. …

Local News

On a day when headlines around  the state screamed new developments in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging trial, Marc Molinaro made it clear he will highlight “an ongoing culture of corruption” as much any federal prosecutor would. The Republican candidate for governor convened reporters along Main Street on Wednesday to pound away at an emerging theme — that Democratic in…