By Robert J. McCarthy
Which local pol attends what local Christmas party normally doesn't rank for attention in the Politics Now blog, but when Mayor Byron W. Brown attends one thrown by the Erie County Democratic chairman -- we take notice.
The mayor was slated to attend the soiree sponored by Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner tonight, marking a major thaw in the frosty relations between City Hall and Democratic Headquarters. City and party sources both say efforts at rapproachment are under way after a long period when the mayor and Zellner predecessor Leonard R. Lenihan qualified as official arch-enemies.
Sources say Zellner has also attended some recent mayoral fundraisers, and that efforts continue to patch up past differences. Nobody is saying Zellner and Brown yet fall into the "bff" category, but things are at least improving.