The Brown for Family Court committee financial disclosures — so what happens now?

The post on this blog last Thursday, “Team Pigeon back together for a judicial race”; Alan Bedenko’s post Monday; and Bob McCarthy’s article in the News on Saturday all indicate, in one form or another, questions with the financial disclosure report filed with the State Board of Elections by the Brown for Family Court committee for the Michele Brown campaign. The Brown committee problems also exist for the committee of Clarence Town Supervisor David Hartzell and West Seneca town supervisor candidate Christine Bove. So the question is, what happens now? Continue reading

Team Pigeon back together for a judicial race; some other interesting stuff from financial disclosures

July 15th was the deadline for local and state elected officials and political candidates to submit financial disclosure forms for their past six months of political financial activity. Diving into that data is almost like opening Christmas presents for political aficionados. While there have been some legal distractions the past few weeks, Team Pigeon seems to have gotten back together for at least one gig. The strange thing though, it isn’t to challenge Mark Poloncarz or to attempt to take control of the Erie County Legislature. The band is back together for a Family Court race. Continue reading

Is the Women’s Equality Party shutting down?

Last year’s election for governor resulted in the legal creation, as least for the next four years, of two new political parties in New York State, the Women’s Equality Party, created for Governor Cuomo, and the Stop Common Core Party, created for Rob Astorino. Astorino associates changed the name of their party to the more generic-sounding Reform Party earlier this year. Continue reading

More Pigeon Money Questions

Bob McCarthy’s story in the Sunday Buffalo News about the latest in Pigeongate intrigue raises interesting questions. Here is the News story in a nutshell:

The Buffalo Republican Committee is under new leadership. The new chair, Tracey McNerney, is wondering why the former chair, William Nowakowski, donated $4,700 to a Pigeon committee called WNY Freedom, as well as $4,500 to James Rozanski, a Republican candidate for the University Council seat last November. Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr has asked the State Board of Elections (BOE) to investigate. The contributions were reported by the Republican Committee on their financial disclosures, but do not show up on any filing of the WNY Freedom committee. Rozanski did not even file a financial disclosure for his campaign. David Pfaff, Pigeon ally, is the Treasurer of WNY Freedom. He claims filing errors for that committee. Continue reading

A Pigeon-less primary season — peace in Erie County

There is definite correlation between the lack of primaries this year and Steve Pigeon’s current legal issues. Either that, or going to Romania and Greece to promote lotteries seems to be keeping Steve away from interfering in the primary process in Erie County this year. No WNY Progressive Caucus action so far!

The second week in July traditionally brings the hard evidence of political party unity or disunity in Erie County. The last day to file petitions for the September 10th primary was yesterday, July 9th. Looks like a whole lot of nothing going on. Continue reading

Campaign contributions of local lobbyists; Justice Department prosecution of election law violations

A previous post (May 13, below) dealt with local businesses and organizations who retained state and/local lobbyists in 2014.  A second post (May 26, below) reviewed the lobbyist firms as well the local individuals who own or work for those firms.  Today’s post concerns campaign contributions from the principals of the firms who have a local connection. Continue reading