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   Buffalo businessman George F. Hasiotis is expressing interest in the upcoming appointment for county comptroller following the Sunday elevation of Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz to county executive.   Hasiotis, a Buffalo businessman and longtime Democratic activist, said he has submitted his resume to Democratic officials and hopes for consideration…

   Some news, notes and observations from the Sunday inauguration of Mark C. Poloncarz as the eighth Erie County executive:   -- A thrilled cadre of Poloncarz campaign workers was exploring new digs on the 16th floor of the Rath County Office Building on Sunday, even though no official appointments have yet been announced.   Still, campaign ma…

    Add the name of Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, to the local chorus of local state legislators calling for restoration of $10 million in transit operating assistance from New York State to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.   Grisanti joins Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Dennis H. Garbryszak, D…

The city lawmaker expected to become the next Common Council president said today he has no plans to call an informal reorganization meeting before the official votes are taken Jan. 3. Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana called a meeting Dec. 13, but no business was discussed after Council President David A. Franczyk claimed the meeting was illegally called. After th…

With no appointee named yet to fill the job of county comptroller, Mark C. Poloncarz has made temporary arrangements to run his office when he leaves it Jan. 1. Poloncarz, who will move from the county comptroller's office to county executive, has named one of his deputies, Lorne H. Steinhart, to serve as acting county comptroller in January until the Erie&#…

Each week, The Buffalo News publishes a community-by-community list of the local government meetings for the coming week. Here's what's coming up this week in the City of Buffalo: --The Aloma D. Johnson Fruitbelt Community Charter School board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today in the school, 833 Michigan Ave. --The Planning Board will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesda…

   One of the few Western New Yorkers within the inner circle of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been given a new assignment with the lieutenant governor.    John Maggiore, who was a special assistant to the governor, is now chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy, according to administration sources who did not want to be named.    Maggiore …

Every other week, Buffalo lawmakers authorize the spending of thousands of tax dollars. Here's some of the spending approved the Common Council this week: --A $64,465 change order to a contract with South Buffalo Electric Inc. "for costs associated with the repair and re-erection of city streetlight poles." The original contract cost was $248,703, making th…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's pre-election rally at an Amherst union hall last month for county executive candidate Mark C. Poloncarz never really produced the kumbaya effect sought by statewide Democrats. Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan, for example, was never even invited onto the podium after feuding with Cuomo's party peop…

One of the area's best known local jurists -- State Supreme Court Justice Frank A. Sedita Jr. -- will join another well-known former judge in a Williamsville firm when he retires from the bench Dec. 31. Sedita said this week he will work for Counsel Financial Services, headed by former Erie County Surrogate Judge Joseph S. Mattina. The 11-year-old commercial finance c…

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How did Majority Leader Richard A. Fontana's move to replace David A. Franczyk as Buffalo Common Council president start? It started with South Council Member Michael P. Kearns, according to Fontana, who said Kearns told him he wouldn't be supporting Franczyk when the Council reorganizes next month. A few weeks ago, Fontana said he was exploring a bid for the top…

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Updated: 2:38 p.m.; 4:09 p.m. -- with comments from Demone Smith.; 6:58 p.m. -- links to documents involving claim of "illegal meeting." The Common Council's majority leader said today he has the necessary votes to make him the next Council president, a move that forms a new majority in the lawmaking body that some view as more friendly to Mayor Byron W. B…

Chris Jacobs says he's created a committee to help choose a new first deputy county clerk. Jacobs, a Republican who campaigned on a no-patronage job promise, announced Tuesday he is accepting resumes for his top deputy clerk. The job of first deputy clerk, which is responsible for many of the day-to-day operations in the Erie County Clerk's Office, is currently f…

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(photo by Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News file photo) The City of Buffalo's website could use a little sunshine, according to an advocacy group's review. The city tied Albany for the worst level of transparency among websites for six cities in the state, the Sunshine Review found. Buffalo's website lacked information, including meeting minutes, meeting schedu…

   In yet another signal sent by Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan to his intra-party foes in Albany, more than 500 people gathered at the Creekside Banquet Center in Cheektowaga Thursday night to raise funds for his party organization.    Lenihan pronounced the event a huge success, raking in about $45,000 for the Erie County Democrati…