Kristy Mazurek, Queen for a Day; Interpreting the Constitution; A DC chain reaction

With all the things that have been happening in the world of local politics lately, this post is for doing a little catching up on some other stuff.

What shall it proffer a woman …

Ok, just one more speculation piece (for now) about Pigeongate. From what is being indicated in Sunday’s News story about Kristy Mazurek, and from what Joel Daniels is quoted about, it sounds like Mazurek has signed what lawyers call a proffer agreement, aka “Queen for a day.” It is a document that promises the prosecutors will not prosecutor you for what you say in an interview – unless they learn something else about you that they can get you on. Continue reading

A look at Steve Pigeon’s WNY Progressive Caucus

The weather may be up and down around here, but the political atmosphere is getting pretty hot. Just when it looked like the 2015 local political scene would be unbelievably boring, along comes Pigeongate. Snaky political intrigue, money thrown around everywhere, politicos running to the best superstar defense attorneys that they can hire – this story certainly rates a “-gate” suffix. Continue reading

Lawyering Up

There are interesting developments in the Pigeon-Casey-Grant story.

When the principals’ homes were searched last Thursday it appeared that this is a State Attorney General investigation and that the FBI was sort of just along for the ride. But now with U.S. Attorney William Hochul announcing that he had recused himself and having placed Assistant US Attorney James Kennedy in charge of the case we know that this is both a federal and state investigation. Steve Casey’s attorney confirmed that on Channel 2 on Friday. Continue reading