Mychajliw’s questionable judgment on campaign finances

Last Tuesday’s post included among other things some reporting on the campaign financial information filed with the State Board of Elections for political committees in the state. One of the reports deserves a more detailed examination.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has been in office since 2012. He has run three times for Comptroller. At one time Mychajliw’s ambition was to run for County Executive. The Republican Party looked favorably on that potential campaign. But things changed in the summer of 2018. Continue reading

The vice presidential sweepstakes

There are as of this writing just over 100 days left until the 2020 election. It is hardly an exaggeration that this will be the most consequential election in the past 90 years, or maybe forever.

The presidential campaign is going to be a referendum on the administration of Donald J. Trump and the sycophants who have supported and enabled him for the past three and a half years. The judgment of the voters will be of historic proportions.

Future posts will get into issues that will define this referendum but first let’s deal with the task immediately at hand – the selection of vice presidential candidates. Continue reading

Getting schools re-opened — lots of questions, almost no answers

If this were an academic test we were taking we would be on the verge of failing miserably, with the clock on the wall showing we are running out of time.

The hardest dilemma to resolve as we collectively live with and work through the pandemic is the question of how best to get schools reopened for the country’s 56.6 million students. This post offers no magic solutions, just an attempt to focus on what needs to be put together to get the education system up and running again over the next six to twelve months. Continue reading

SUNY Erie’s crisis

Regular readers of this blog are aware that there have been many posts devoted to issues concerning Erie Community College (ECC or SUNY Erie). I have regularly reported on the serious financial problems facing the school. A crisis that has been brewing for many years has arrived as a full blown storm.

The Board of Trustees has submitted a proposed budget to County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the County Legislature that cuts spending for the 2020-2021 year to $83.9 million, a reduction of $22 million compared with the current year. Layoffs are forecast and tuition will rise three percent. State aid will be slashed and the SUNY System has advised schools to use their fund balances before they receive additional funding. Continue reading

We have a plan for that

Welcome to July. The weather finally feels like summer. There is a holiday coming up. They say there will be baseball games on television before the end of the month. The calendar moves on.

June 30 was the last day of the City of Buffalo’s 2019-2020 fiscal year. It was rocky. July 1 is the first day of the City of Buffalo’s new fiscal year. It is going to be rocky.
Mayor Byron Brown on May 1 proposed a budget for the next fiscal year. With some reluctance the Common Council by a six to three vote last month approved the budget. Council members expressed concerns about some of what that document contained. Continue reading