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Buffalo mayor Byron Brown will be inaugurated to his fourth term in office during a celebration tonight.

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Governor Cuomo has nominated former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello to a seat on the Peace Bridge Authority.

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Who was the winner in last night's 27th Congressional District debate? 

Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul faced off against her republican opponent Chris Collins in a debate hosted by WNED-TV and WGRZ-TV. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley conducted post-debate analysis with former Republican deputy county executive Carl Calabrese and  former Democratic Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello at the WGRZ studio.  

Masiello abandons pursuit of party post

Sep 5, 2012
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Former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello has ended speculation of a return to politics as the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

In a statement released from his lobbying group, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, Masiello cited professional and personal reasons behind the decision.

Upon the urging of Governor Cuomo, Masiello had sought the support of key Democrats in an effort to replace outgoing chairman Len Lenihan.

After a board meeting yesterday, the NFTA has an Albany lobbyist and a restaurant that will run all winter on the waterfront.

The board voted to hire the lobbying firm headed by former Mayor Anthony Masiello for $72,000 a year.

Chairman Howard Zemsky says the authority hasn't been doing well in getting money from Albany in hard times and is joining other transit authorities in hiring a lobbyist to be up-to-date on what's going on and to push for more cash.

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A potential conflict of interest could prevent former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello from becoming the Erie County Democratic chairman.

Masiello's lobbying firm is favored by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in bids the Authority has received for a three year lobbying contract. Legal rules would prevent Masiello from acting as party chair and as an Albany lobbyist. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports Masiello as party chair.

The NFTA will be reviewing its contract possibilities on Monday.
 

Former Mayor Masiello may seek party chair

Aug 23, 2012

A familiar political name is being mentioned as the next chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

According to the Buffalo News, Masiello has been discussing the possibility with top Democrats in the area.

After ten years on the job, current chair Len Lenihan will not seek re-election in September.

Masiello has been serving as an Albany lobbyist in recent years. It's believed his candidacy has the support of Governor Cuomo.

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Erie County Democrats are eyeing Anthony Masiello as a possible replacement for party chairman Leonard Lenihan.

Lenihan's current two year term expires in September and Albany is pressuring him to step aside at that time. He claims that he will announce his intentions in the near future.

For Masiello's part, he had no comment.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo swept into town Wednesday for a few hours and left with hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign till, to add to the $14-million he already has in campaign contributions.  

Cuomo gathered with supporters at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, but refused to meet with reporters.   The Governor arrived quietly through a construction door and left equally quietly through another isolated door.