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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.


Obituaries

May 1, 1949 - May 12, 2018 Timothy J. Bohen, who rose from letter carrier to the top ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 69. A South Buffalo native, Mr. Bohen graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University at Bu…

Columns

Back in 1994 when the Politics Column chronicled its first statewide political convention at Manhattan’s Sheraton Towers Hotel, it was hard to fathom that any similar confab would ever prove more compelling. A previously unknown state senator from Peekskill named George Pataki had arrived on the statewide scene and was making a strong bid for the Republican gubernatoria…

Local News

Joel A. Giambra, the former Erie County executive waging a long shot bid for governor this year, may instead set his sights on state comptroller. Giambra said Friday that Republican chairmen from around the state have asked him to challenge Democratic incumbent Thomas P. DiNapoli and that he is seriously considering it. If he can be guaranteed that no other candidate wi…

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Barbara D. Underwood is seeking to remain as New York State’s acting attorney general until the end of 2018 and to continue as a buffer against some of President Trump’s most controversial policies. An 11-year veteran of the Attorney General’s Office, Underwood said Thursday she has applied to serve as the state’s interim chief legal officer even as the State Legislatur…

Buffalo

The Peace Bridge will fully reopen all three lanes the morning of Wednesday, May 16, ending traffic restrictions imposed last October because of a $100 million redecking project. Peace Bridge Authority officials say they have already begun the process of restoring three lanes for the summer and peak traffic season while other elements of the bridge rehabilitation projec…

Local News

While some aspirants for state attorney general were ramping up their efforts to replace the disgraced Eric T. Schneiderman Wednesday, others were dropping out. And in the Capitol, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders were defining their roles in determining how to go about appointing an interim replacement. It all added up to an unexpected and unscheduled fl…

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This month's Democratic and Republican state conventions were supposed to be staid affairs to rubber stamp the parties' statewide slates for 2018. But the sudden and unexpected resignation of Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday now draws the state's political spotlight to the conventions as Albany grapples to fill the vacancy and both parties wad…

Politics

Two Buffalo names – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Leecia Eve, one-time counsel to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton – are surfacing in the discussions about possible Democratic successors surrounding today’s resignation of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Two sources close to Eve, daughter of former Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve, who maintains a host of her own stat…

Columns

After Erik Bohen won a hard-fought special election for the Assembly back on April 24, he appeared ready and eager to tackle his new assignment. He dutifully reported to Albany last Monday, filled out the paperwork, moved into his new Legislative Office Building digs, and then discovered the realities of life in the Capitol. Leaders assigned him a seat on the Assembly f…

Local News

Amherst police reported Saturday that power has been restored to all parts of the town following widespread outages caused by high winds on Friday. “We have no issues,” a police spokeswoman said early Saturday. Police had earlier urged caution when driving overnight because a host of traffic signals had lost power and several major intersections were without traffic …

Local News

Under New York’s “fusion” voting system, minor parties like Conservative and Working Families have influenced state politics far beyond their minuscule registrations for as long as anyone can remember. That’s because New York remains one of only eight states that allow multiple parties to nominate the same candidates and aggregate the votes received on different ballot …

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After passing on a congressional candidacy earlier this year, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans is re-entering the political fray with a Democratic challenge to Republican State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer. Seamans, who is 63 and owner of Short Street Photographers in Williamsville, will announce her candidacy Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Po…

Columns

We don’t know what artwork actress-activist Cynthia Nixon keeps in her New York City home, but it might be that famous old New Yorker magazine cover. You know – Saul Steinberg’s 1976 depiction of Manhattan as the center of the universe, with very little beyond 9th Avenue, and certainly nothing across the Hudson River. Except Jersey. Maybe China. Buffalo? The state’s …

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When Democrat Michael P. Kearns stumped the experts back in 2012 by winning the 142nd Assembly seat on the Republican and Conservative lines, he planted a big target on one of Albany’s top leaders – then-Speaker Sheldon Silver. Democrat Erik T. Bohen duplicated part of that strategy Tuesday while also running with Republican and Conservative support, squeaking past endo…

Erie County Democrats appear to have found their candidate for clerk. Angela J. Marinucci, a Grand Island attorney, said Thursday she approached the party about challenging incumbent Michael P. Kearns and found a positive reception. “I have been interested in getting more involved in the community, heard there was an opening for the clerk position, and asked,” she sa…