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Politics Now video: Kennedy vs. Grant

It's a waiting game as votes are scrutinzed in a State Senate primary race that pits incumbent Tim Kennedy against Betty Jean Grant. The News' Bob McCarthy talks with Brian Meyer about the fight in the 63rd District.

Boehner to raise funds for Collins congressional effort

   House Speaker John A. Boehner will headline a major fundraising event for Republican congressional candidate Chris Collins on Oct. 6 at Samuel's Grande Manor in Clarence.

   According to invitations hitting mail boxes on Wednesday, state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox will also appear at the breakfast event co-hosted by some of Western New York's top Republican money men -- Kent Frey, Paul Harder, Antaony Gioia and Mark Hamister. Gioia and Hamister are fresh from their effort for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Buffalo in June that netted at least $1.25 million.

   Tickets for the affair range from $125 to $2,500 for photo opportunities with the speaker.

   Boehner is no stranger to the Western New York political scene, stumping here on several occasions for local House candidates. He last appeared here in May 2011 for Republican Jane L. Corwin. She lost later that month in a special election to Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul, who now faces Collins in November.

   Last month at the Republican National Convention, Boehner identified the Collins-Hochul race as one drawing special GOP interest when he addressed the New York delegation in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

 --Robert J. McCarthy





Rove attends Falls event for American Crossroads

   Karl Rove, the top strategist behind George W. Bush's two successful campaigns for the presidency, was ruminating about politics at more than one local venue Monday.

   According to sources familiar with Rove's local itinerary, he also hosted a gathering of supporters of his American Crossroads super-PAC at the Niagara Falls home of Jerry Williams before his evening speech at Canisius College. The event was co-sponsored by Williams' brother, Jeff -- also prominent in local GOP circles.

   The event, which was reported to be well attended, also included Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy and his Niagara County counterpart, Michael J. Norris, according to one attendee.
   Also at the event were Republican congressional candidates Chris Collins and Michael Madigan.

--Robert J. McCarthy


Eagan hosts Statler event in chairmanship drive

   James J. Eagan is letting the world know he remains very much a candidate for the chairmanship of the Erie County Democratic Party.

   Eagan, a financial consultant and Democratic fundraiser who is also a commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, is inviting the approximately 2,000 Democratic committee members to a reception at Statler City from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

   "I'm reaching out to the base -- the foundation of the party," he said. "So I invited all 2,000 of them to meet me at the Statler."

   The contest to succeed Leonard R. Lenihan as chairman of the party remains unsettled as Eagan competes against Jereny J. Zellner, Marc C. Panepinto and Frank C. Max Jr.

   Eagan, who served as a top fundraiser for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, is emphasizing his experience in raising political money.

   The county Democratic Committee is expected to meet on Sept. 29 to elect a new chairman.

   --Robert J. McCarthy




Video: Week in Washington with Jerry Zremski

Five Questions with Geoffrey Szymanski

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

SzymanskiGeoffrey Szymanski

The Basics:

Age: 37
Party: Democrat
Job Title: Mayor
City: Lackawanna
Education: A.A. ECC South, B.S. Buffalo State (Political Science), Certified Public Manager (Buffalo State), final project away from my Masters in Public Administration (Buffalo State).
Salary: $55,106

The Questions:

What’s the one thing people don’t know about you?

Voted “Most Creative” by my high school classmates.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

That answer is more political than our Democratic Party (so…no comment!!)

Who is your political hero?

Ron Paul

What is the worst part of your job?

I haven’t had a weekend off in nine months.

What is the best part of fall in Lackawanna?

Watching our Lackawanna Steelers football team dominate.

-- Jill Terreri

Video: Paladino discusses Albany politics, Webster Block decision

Developer Carl Paladino talks with The News' Brian Meyer about a variety of topics, including criticism of his style, downtown development and the sexual harassment scandal in Albany:

Video: Amodeo wins Democratic primary

Michael L. Amodeo, a Hamburg attorney, captured the win in the Democratic primary for the 60th Senate district.

Video: Grisanti wins GOP primary

Incumbent Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti won his party's primary for November's general election.

Live video, blog: Primary Night coverage


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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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