It certainly is strange to be at the end of July and not be having another election until November. Political skills might start to atrophy in the summer heat.
Here are some facts, comments and heard-on-the-streets about political goings-on and other stuff: Continue reading
This blog has chronicled in many posts the financial issues involved in the management of Erie Community College (aka SUNY Erie). With an annual budget of more than $105 million and a heavy investment of public funds in the institution, it’s an important question.
Like most other colleges in Western New York, ECC has struggled with declining enrollments. Reasons include a smaller pipeline of students in the area and a healthy economy. There’s not much that can be done with the area’s demographics. And a healthy local economy should be cheered, even though historically enrollment drops when people have jobs and are less in need of boosting their educational credentials. Continue reading
The 2018 elections, for Democrats at least, brought on lots of changes in the Party’s political dynamics. The progressives’ agenda invigorated the House of Representatives. In New York State elections Democratic control of the State Senate has led to a variety of progressive legislation that some legislators had been fruitlessly pursuing for decades. Continue reading
Western New York has been having a great run with getting public and private development off the drawing boards and into reality. Kind of makes you want to start singing “Buffalo’s got the spirit, talking proud, talking proud.”
For those of you under the age of 40, that was a community spirit song beaten into our memories in the early 1980’s in endless television commercials. The fact is, there wasn’t quite so much to be proud of at that time. You could probably say that we hadn’t even hit bottom yet. Continue reading
With the incredibly exciting local primary elections now in the rear view mirror, political candidates can get down to the nitty gritty details of an election. In the summer time that means endless picnics, fundraisers, parades, etc. It is also a good time for serious campaigns to map out their strategy, targeting, and palm cards. Continue reading