The Erie Basin Marina will likely have a new operator in place by the end of the Common Council's meeting today.
The Council appears poised to approve a five-year contract with Smith Boys to run the marina, as well as rate increases for slipholders effective in 2015. (The mayor has to sign the contract, but it was his administration that recommended Smith Boys.) Rates have not increased since 2002. The average annual rate increase over the term of the proposed agreement is 8 percent for city residents and 16 percent for non-residents. The agreement, from 2014-18, shows that the city won't see any rent from Smith Boys until 2016, when the rent is 10 percent of any net profit over $80,000. The same figure is due the city in 2017. In 2018, the rent increases to 20 percent of any net profit over $80,000.
WASHINGTON -- Martha Robertson, the Democrat who's challenging Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, this fall, got a big boost Monday when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named her to its "Red to Blue" program -- signaling that she's one of the top Democratic House challengers in the country.
The Democratic campaign committee selects challengers for the Red to Blue program when they've shown strong ability to raise funds, build a campaign and present a credible alternative to voters.
“Martha Robertson has a proven track record of putting upstate New York families first and fighting to protect the middle class and seniors," said Rep. Steve Israel, D-Melville, who chairs the Democratic campaign committee.
Robertson said she was honored by the early outpouring of support for her campaign.
“The early strength our campaign has demonstrated led us to earn a spot in the Red to Blue program, and it means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to defeat Congressman Tom Reed in November," she said.
News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski offers update on his week, including the snowstorm that has shut down D.C. and his planned coverage of President Obama's Tuesday release of his budget for the next fiscal year focusing on the impact it will have on Western New York.
Gov. Cuomo's recent visit to Buffalo focused on IBM's plan to bring 500 new jobs to the area. But The News' Bob McCarthy tells Brian Meyer that Cuomo was also asked about his controversial "college for cons" plan:
Just when you wondered if Donald J. Trump's absence from headlines in recent days served as any kind of signal about his political future, he is about ready to surface in Syracuse.
The billionaire developer and potential candidate for governor will highlight a fundraising event for the Onondaga County Republican Committee on March 11 at the Doubletree Hotel.
Onondaga County Republican Chairman Thomas V. Dadey Jr., who has been a major Trump supporter, said he remains optimistic that Trump will seek and accept the nomination of the Republican Party against Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this year.
The event is expected to draw big crowds in the same manner as Trump's Jan. 31 appearance before the Erie County GOP.
“I am confident that Mr. Trump will draw a big crowd and provide excitement to the race for governor that has not been seen in years," Dadey said.
5,000 signatures. That's how many names have been added to a petition sponsored by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, opposing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to provide free college to state prison inmates. "The more signatures we can get, the stronger our message becomes," Grisanti said. "Reaching 5,000 signatures shows how impassioned Western New Yorkers are against this issue, and how supportive they are of middle-class taxpayers struggling to pay the increasing costs of higher education." The senator launched an electronic petition drive on Monday against the proposal, which calls for allowing inmates in 10 regional prisons to earn associate's and bachelor's degrees.
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 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.
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.