Erie County

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Republican Rob Astorino Is Really Mad Democratic Ad Edited His Son Out of Photo

    Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated primary challenger Zephyr Teachout by a narrower-than-expected margin. And now that the circus that was the Democratic primary is over, we can move on to the bigger and more exhausting circus that is the general election. On November 4, Cuomo will face off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Outsider: Zephyr Teachout Will Never Be Governor, So Why is Andrew Cuomo Worried?

    It was a strange July morning in Lower Manhattan, and getting stranger by the minute. On the Brooklyn Bridge, sometime during the night, someone had swapped all the American flags for bleached white ones. As police and reporters swarmed the bridge, less than a mile away, in front of the 150-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Prisoner Who Refused Water During Ramadan Can Sue on Religious Grounds

    In November 2003, prison guards at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York ordered Darryl Holland to take a drug test. He had three hours to provide a urine sample. But the order was not so simple. Holland was Muslim and it was Ramadan and he had not drank any water all day. The guards g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    High Court Backs Miranda Exemption in Scott Doll's Arrest, Upholding Murder Conviction

    Scott Doll asked for a lawyer, but the Genesee County Sheriff's deputies kept up with the questions, detaining him in the back of their car. It was February 2009, and Doll was covered in wet blood. There was also blood inside his parked van, and on the snow around it. Worried there was an injured pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    NY GOP's Post-Election Memo: Hispanic Voters Exist

    The New York State Republican Party put out its post-election memo over the weekend and -- after blaming President Obama for the ills of the world (and the NYS GOP) -- Chairman Ed Cox echoed what political experts have been saying since Tuesday (and we've been saying for the last five years): Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Why We Love Hamburgers: New York's Earliest Burgers

    Local chain Joy Burger turns out a modern-day burger, possibly one of 7,000 places in the city that currently do. As the name suggests, the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany, perhaps late in the Middle Ages, when mincing techniques usually used to make pork sausage were applied to beef, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Now Prisoners Have to Watch Commercials in Jail

    ​Pity the prisoner. The one place seemingly protected from the 24-7 marketing blitz that is life in 2011, with all of its product-placement surround-sound digital marketed glory -- that is, jail -- has fallen prey to the great beast of advertising. Inmates at the Erie County Holding Center in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Justice Near for Nearly Marinated Cat

    Gratuitous photo of non-marinated adorable cat. ​Perhaps you recall the cat from Buffalo that this summer was put in a trunk after being basted in a tasty vinaigrette of "oil, crushed pepper, salt, and other ingredients." When cops pulled over the cat's owner, Gary Korkuc, for running a stop s ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Carl Paladino to Get Conservative Party Nod, Plus Lots of Bad Baggage

    Morgan Schweitzer​The Conservative Party will meet tomorrow in Albany to make Buffalo Carl Paladino its new nominee and we can only hope this time around no one gets hit in the head with a brick. We are talking real bricks here. Yes, hard as it may be to accept for True Tea Party Believers, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Stop Me If You've Heard This One Already: So, Carl Paladino Walks Into a Lesbian Bar...

    Morgan Schweitzer​One of the problems about running for office is that your back pages suddenly become a must-read. Carl Paladino is getting a taste of that from all-sides back home in Buffalo where people are shuffling up to the mic to tell stories on the Republican candidate for governor. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Carl Paladino's Carefully Nurtured Crazy Act Is Working!

    ​A morning poll has Buffalo Carl Paladino running just six points shy of Andrew Cuomo and there is much hope in Media Land that it's true. "IT'S ON!" crows the News' Daily Politics blog. "Quinnipiac: Cuomo 49%, Paladino 43%." This proves, as pointed out succinctly in the Voice this week, that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Does Cuomo's Favored AG Candidate Have Her Own Pedro Espada Problem?

    Rice​It sounds like an exotic Sandra Lee recipe: pigeon and rice. Lee is the Andrew Cuomo gal pal who took time off from her Food Network on-camera cooking duties to appear with him at his gubernatorial announcement and was famously asked by Roseanna Scotto recently on Fox Five when Andrew wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Andy Cuomo and the Anti-Immigrant Pol Who Seconded His Nomination for Governor

    Kathy HochulAndrew Cuomo missed an opportunity to name a minority running mate at the recent Democratic convention. He was so conscious of the state's first all-white Democratic ticket in 20 years that he asked Bill Thompson, the black former city comptroller, to nominate him and Vivian Viloria-Fish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    It's Rick Lazio for the GOP As Wild-Eyed Radical Republicans Take a Beating

    ​Today was Day Two of the state Republican Party convention and the hot and heavy action on the delegate floor came early and often. These were rock-solid Republicans filling the big ballroom at the Sheraton Towers in midtown, but for all their rhetoric, they could just as easily have been an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Former Governor Candidate Golisano to Leave New York; Cites High Taxes

    We like to look in on members of our New York political comedy troupe from whom we haven't been heard in a while. You may have wondered, for example, what was up with Tom Golisano, the eccentric billionaire and erstwhile independent gubernatorial candidate who was giving away millions last year to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Gov's Indian Smokes Law Blocked in Court

    Governor Paterson can't catch a break. Earlier the month, in an attempt to keep New Yorkers from buying tax-free Indian reservation cigarettes without stepping too hard on the tribes' toes, signed a bill forcing manufacturers to sign affidavits averring that they will not cause the sale unstamped, u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2005

    Fulani Down, But Not Out

    Moments after Lenora Fulani and five close allies lost a lop-sided vote booting them from the executive committee of the state's Independence Party yesterday, she was asked what effect it had on the New York City party chapters, where she and her adherents still hold sway. Fulani held up her right ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2003

    How Pataki Won

    Governor Strikes Strongman Pose, Wipes His Hands Clean

  • News

    June 4, 2002

    The Imaginary Ticket

    Will Pataki and Donohue Really Serve Out Their Terms?

  • News

    May 11, 1999

    Freedom Fighters

    An Unlikely Group of Prisoners' Relatives Battles the Rockefeller Drug Laws

  • News

    September 15, 1998

    The Ubiquitous Candidate

    In the final days of the primary, Chuck Schumer is everywhere

  • News

    September 15, 1998

    On the Mark

    Green's populist campaign appeals to Hollywood and Harlem

  • News

    June 9, 1998

    Becoming 'Dem-ato'

    Schumer Morphs Into Alfonse: Fires Assault Weapon at Green, and Praises His Own Miss