The news about Erie Community College this week centered around the announced retirement of President Jack Quinn next June. That gives the college a new opportunity to move into the 21st century. Don’t get too excited.
ECC has been on a downward spiral for the past few years. You can take your pick(s) about the best excuses. Continue reading
Candidates for office in the September 13th primary were required to file their 32-Day Pre-Primary financial reports by last Friday, August 12. The major primary in Erie County is for District Attorney.
After starting off in January with a flurry of loans ($140,000), personal and family contributions ($39,750), and a goodly number of individual contributions, Acting DA Michael Flaherty immediately showed the seriousness of his effort. As noted on this blog last January and more recently in the Buffalo News, a substantial amount of Flaherty’s individual contributions came from his office staff. The News pegged the number at $73,000, which is about 43 percent of the non-loan, non-personal/family cash raised. Continue reading
But not in the ways he suggests. Here are my theories on why the election may be rigged.
Limiting and restricting the opportunity to vote
In the past several years Republicans have been very successful in winning governorships and state legislative seats. In many states the party controls the executive and both houses of the legislature. Continue reading
The Buffalo News’ Susan Schulman did a nice job with Sunday’s feature story and two-page spread on the various campaign activities of Steve Pigeon. In many ways, though, it is just a compilation of the same information that this blog and Alan Bedenko (particularly Alan’s work, which started several years before mine) have produced over and over. There certainly is a treasure trove of materials to work with. Continue reading
Here is a collection of some facts and heard-on-the-streets items.
More Pigeon legal problems?
We could be seeing more legal trouble for Steve Pigeon if stories on the street are to be believed. This time the focus may shift to the long-awaited campaign finance investigation into the shenanigans of Pigeon’s WNY Progressive Caucus. Continue reading
There is a legendary quote from Will Rogers: “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” The Erie County Water Authority just cannot stop digging.
The major water main break that occurred in Amherst on July 20th certainly caused some disruptions. That happens sometimes. But because it does, the agency should be prepared. Continue reading