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Buffalo’s North Park neighborhood, while hardly an electoral base for Mayor Byron Brown, has proved fertile ground for his campaign fundraising. Donors who live in the neighborhood gave Brown $36,620 in the past year for his re-election bid. That’s the most of any of the 50-plus neighborhoods outside downtown. A number of city employees and others connected to the mayor li…

   By Robert J. McCarthy   A few interesting, last-minute financial filings listed since Friday with the state Board of Elections:    -- $5,000 from AFSCME public employee union to Mayor Byron W. Brown.     -- $2,000 from the Democratic Action PAC to sheriff candidate Richard E. Dobson, who is challenging endorsed candidate Bert…

Search a database of campaign contributions to Mayor Byron Brown and Bernard Tolbert. The donations come from all types of donors - individuals, businesses, and other politicians - and date back to July 15, 2012. Since July 2012, various people, PACs and companies gave $185,965 to Tolbert and $716,915 to Brown. Find out exactly who gave how much to each candidate, using ou…

By Mark Sommer Rep. Brian Higgins said Friday his mind is made up against military intervention in Syria.“I am very clear that I am a firm no, and I am not looking for a call from the president to be persuaded otherwise,” Higgins told The Buffalo News editorial board.The Democratic congressman, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the strife that has …

Check out today's story about the race for Amherst Town Justice, which is heating up. Then take a look at Monday's meeting agenda of the Town Board. Up for discussion are elected officials' salaries, settlement money from the State Insurance Fund and noise restrictions.  The board will meet for a 3 p.m. work session and 7 p.m. regular meeting at th…

WASHINGTON -- I've been too busy reporting this week to provide my daily must-reads, but I am hoping to get back at it, starting today. And topping today's list is a New York Times piece that illustrates the stakes of the Syria debate for the Obama presidency. Meantime, Politico examines the economic risks of a Syria strike. And The Washington Post looks at a cha…

By Robert J. McCarthy   When it comes to really, really good political endorsements, Mayor Byron W. Brown couldn't have fared much better with the one provided by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday.    The governor joined the mayor, Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and several members of the Common Council to support Brown's bid for a third…

By Jill Terreri     The question of whether the city had to repay the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for misusing federal funds has been at the center of a line of attack from Republican Sergio Rodriguez against Mayor Byron Brown.  Brown denied this claim during a debate, and HUD spokesman Adam Glantz told me last week that the ci…

   By Robert J. McCarthy   When you're running for your third term as mayor of the state's second-largest city and you've been a political team player all your career, good things happen at election time.   That's what awaits Mayor Byron W. Brown today at 12:15 p.m. when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo makes a side trip to the Larkin …

  By Robert J. McCarthy The war of words about crime in Buffalo between Democratic mayoral candidatesBernard A. Tolbert and Byron W. Brown continues.   Following a Thursday story in The Buffalo News in which bothoutlined their positions on fighting crime in the city, Tolbert continued hisoffensive with a blast at Brown that said he did not understand localfr…

By Tom Precious ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo today pushed back hard against sheriffs around upstate who have been suggesting they will not be enforcing some provisions of his SAFE Act gun control bill. After an appearance in the North Country this morning, Cuomo was asked about sheriffs who have been complaining about the gun law since it was passed in January. Sheriffs ups…