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   A family emergency prevented the Politics Column from appearing in its usual op-ed page corner this week in the Sunday Buffalo News.   But the Internet has proven a wonderful tool for those who might miss their normal Thursday deadline for the pre-print op-ed section. And as a result, the Sunday Politics Column makes a rare visit to the Politics Now …

Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo at an Erie County Legislature meeting in January. (Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News) Joseph C. Lorigo The Basics: Age: 30 Party: Conservative Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 10th Legislative District (Aurora, Colden, East Aurora, Elma, Holland, Marilla, Wales, West Seneca) Family: Wife, Jean; and dog, Henry Town: West Seneca Education: Canisiu…

Who will be elected the next chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party? News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells Brian Meyer that some interesting names are surfacing as possible successors to Len Lenihan. //

   If you're a Democratic committee member in Erie County, chances are you will receive a phone call soon from James J. Eagan, a major fund-raiser who is now very much vying for the party chairmanship.    A financial consultant and commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Eagan is emphasizing his fund-raising abilities and con…

ALBANY – Never shy about disagreeing with state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Cuomo administration today is fighting back against comments the Democratic comptroller made about the Democratic governor’s Thruway Authority. In a written response to questions from the Buffalo News about a planned 45 percent Thruway toll hike on trucks, DiNapoli on Tuesday said the increase…

    The crowded 147th Assembly District has assumed one bit of clarity in the past few days after the state Conservative Party officially nominated David J. DiPietro as its candidate.    Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said state Chairman Michael R. Long has informed him of the choice, since the multi-county district requires the …

   It appears the race to succeed Leonard R. Lenihan as chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party is only beginning, as more names enter the mix.    One interesting new entry receiving attention on Wednesday is Jeremy J. Zellner, the chief of staff of the County Legislature and longtime Lenihan assistant in Democratic Headquarters. He is known to mai…

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Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.                       Michael P. Kearns The basi…

ALBANY – While the Legislature was in session the first half of the year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo repeatedly said he did not want to answer "political" questions about whether he will support his party’s efforts to re-take the state Senate in the fall. On Tuesday, with lawmakers gone from Albany and already busy campaigning back home, Cuomo declined to make the matt…

ALBANY -- An expert in finances and economic development who has been heavily involved in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s "energy highway" plans is resigning from his post as vice chairman of the New York Power Authority. John Dyson, a millionaire who heads an investment firm and owns a winery in Millbrook in Dutchess County, submitted his letter of resignation Monday to …

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Each week, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Terry McCracken celebrates at Democratic headquarters at the Adam's Mark Hotel on election n…

News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells Brian Meyer that Kathy Hochul has raised $500,000, a sign that she's ready for a spirited congressional contest against GOP challenger Chris Collins. brightcove.createExperiences();