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By Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics. Susan Schulman » Friday, September 30, 2016

Fighting for their neighborhood Months  ago, Michael Threat and his wife, Marva, were  in Council chambers asking for a stronger police presence in their East Side neighborhood. A few days ago, Michael Threat was back in City Hall, this time supporting an idea he thinks will get more cops in the area. Threat came... Read More

By Tom Precious » Thursday, September 29, 2016

ALBANY – National polls depict a tight presidential race, although not in New York. And that is how Hillary Clinton is getting some help in battleground states from some old political friends in the state: organized labor.Large and varied unions, which helped Clinton win her U.S. Senate race in New York in 2000, are... Read More

By Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics. Susan Schulman » Thursday, September 29, 2016

I noticed earlier this week that work has started at the former CVS building slated to become the Lexington Co-op's Hertel Avenue expansion. Shut the lights when you leave! Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana was sounding like a one-man energy saver recently when calling on the city to adopt an energy-saving... Read More

By Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats. Sandra Tan , Tom Precious » Thursday, September 29, 2016

ALBANY – The politicians who received campaign contributions from developer Louis P. Ciminelli and his allies are scrambling to figure out what to do with that money after the Buffalo construction executive was charged last week as part of a sweeping statewide pay-to-play scandal. [Photo gallery of politicians who... Read More

By Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics. Susan Schulman » Wednesday, September 28, 2016

That's, from left to right, University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt; Masten Councilman Ulysees Wingo Sr.; and Niagara Councilman Dave Rivera discussing the Monday night debate prior to Tuesday's Council meeting. Not even worth mentioning, Councilman says Councilman Rasheed Wyatt has been frustrated lately over the way... Read More

By Robert J. McCarthy » Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A pair of former candidates for governor are slugging it out for a Hudson Valley congressional seat, and a new Siena College Research poll shows a close race. John J. Faso, the former Assembly minority leader who ran as the Republican candidate for governor in 2006, and 2014 Democratic primary candidate Zephyr Teachout,... Read More

By Tom Precious » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ALBANY – There have been two very different possibilities when it comes to the connections between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Todd R. Howe. The first: Cuomo knows Howe, but it would be wrong to call Howe a close adviser. [Related: As innermost adviser to Cuomo since ’90s, Joe Percoco was family’s ‘third... Read More

By Tom Precious » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ALBANY – When Joseph Percoco used to call a lawmaker or political operative or lobbyist, those picking up the phone on the other end assumed that they were basically speaking with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It was hardly a stretch to give such deference to Percoco, who since the 1990s was in the innermost of Cuomo’s very... Read More

By Jerry Zremski » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Many Buffalo News readers seem to think that Donald Trump won Monday night's presidential debate -- but that's not what the political pros and pundits think. As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, an online Buffalo News poll found that 58 percent of respondents, or 5,578 people, thought Trump -- the Republican... Read More

By Robert J. McCarthy » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Along with most other Americans, the area’s top political leaders watched Monday night’s presidential face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – and formed their own opinions, too.Two of those political chiefs, Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy and Mayor Byron W. Brown, the state... Read More

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