September 8, 2011 - 6:47 PM
These are numbers from the "for what it's worth department," but they offer a peek into a specific subset of voters who were surveyed by Erie County Republicans for Tuesday's Independence Party primary for county executive between Republican Chris Collins and Independence member Richard L. Woll.
GOP sources say a "voter ID" survey of 1,500 Independence members shows Collins in good shape for the primary. But they also tested Independence members on the Republican-Democrat contest, and the results show Collins leading Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz by a tally of 52 to 26 percent -- a two-to-one bulge.
The Republican sources say the Independence primary is a "nuisance contest" sponsored by local Democrats with ties to the minor party, but also point out that Independence primaries often act as a harbinger of things to come.
--Robert J. McCarthy
September 4, 2011 - 5:43 PM
When the State Legislature took the historic step of legalizing same sex marriage back in June, who knew a whole new cottage industry surrounding gay wedding ceremonies was about to spring up?
Apparently, former State Supreme Court Justive Robert E. Whelan recognized his services would be needed right off the bat. He is now advertising his nuptial know-how in local publications and on his own website to let same sex couples know he is ready to pronounce them officially married in the eyes of the State of New York.
"It's your day and I will be honored to make it special and memorable," he says on his website.
The judge, a former Buffalo comptroller, says he will perform secular vows, spiritual vows and self-written personal vows in ceremonies that "are professional and joyous with a personal human touch."
And maybe those predictions of an economic windfall from the new law will come true after all. Whelan says on his website his services are available for a fee starting at $250.
--- Robert J. McCarthy
September 4, 2011 - 5:41 PM
Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz has picked up several endorsements from unions representing first responders in his campaign for Erie County executive.
His staff over the weekend announced backing from the National Association of Police Organizations, Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association and the union representing Lackawanna firefighters.
Poloncarz, facing Republican incumbent Chris Collins on Nov. 8, has posted a strong edge in union backing in the campaign.
--- Robert J. McCarthy