Meanwhile, in Buffalo & WNY

8 Oct

Dennis Delano may be the very bestest detective WNY has ever seen, but I am gobsmacked that he’s got a double-digit lead over Bill Stachowski in a Democratic district. 49-36 with 15% undecided. That’s amazing, especially given the fact that I am not totally convinced that Detective Delano really has a firm grasp on Albany issues, Capozzi and DeJac notwithstanding.

Likewise, I am not at all surprised that Dale “Batshit” Volker is leading Kathy Konst 50-33 with 17% undecided. Konst did finally get around to releasing her financials this week, and they are underwhelming to say the least. Volker’s got six figures in the bank, and Konst has about $3,500. Sounds like my race, and we all know how that turned out. Problem is, Konst is already an elected official and should be in a better position than I was to raise money for a statewide run in a pivotal race in a pivotal year.

Chris Collins needs to learn that (a) you catch more flies with honey than with with sledgehammers, and (b) “running government like a business” does not mean you can just continue with the management style of a businessman who runs a closely held private corporation and is used to snapping his fingers and having his bidding done. The Legislature is not Collins’ rubber stamp, and it does not serve at his pleasure. It is a co-equal branch of county government. Perhaps he could treat it as such.

Byron Brown stood in front of a dilapidated home and, amazingly, did not call for its demolition. Instead, the city will be rehabilitating 500 such homes over the next 5 years with the assistance of housing activist organization and all-around cool people PUSH.


Congratulations to the Punaros, who welcomed their daughter into the world today, complete with announcement via Tweet.

LIN Television still has not relented, and continues to block its two local signals – WIVB-TV Channel 4 and WNLO-TV Channel somethingorother from being carried on Time Warner Cable stations in Western New York. I used to watch Channel 4 News pretty regularly, and I’ve missed one Bills game, one Amazing Race, and tomorrow it’ll be one Survivor episode. Again – the bad guy in this is LIN Television, the parent corporation of Channels 4 and 23, which is demanding that Time Warner pay to carry a local, free, commercial, advertising-supported channel. Through its actions, not only is the cable consumer getting shafted, but so is the Channel 4 advertiser and the local ratings for CBS programming. Idiotic move, and I suspect this has a lot to do with bluff-calling, but it’s high time this gets resolved, but soon.

This is a Toronto link, but what the hell. Two words: gourmet poutine. Oh, yeah. You know you want it.

Kevin asks an excellent question.

15 Responses to “Meanwhile, in Buffalo & WNY”

  1. Adam K. October 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    That Siena poll is BS. Their sample shows Obama winning the district by 5; he’s gonna win it by 20 – at least. There’s something wrong here.

    That Jim Kelly commercial should help. Stack needs to get into the papers though to lock this up.

    The enrollment advantage is basically 2-1. This really wont be a problem on election day for Stack, but hopefully he’ll wake up and start trying now.

  2. dougk October 8, 2008 at 10:32 pm #


    Your denial of the obvious is stunning! You just don’t get it when it comes to Detective Delano!

  3. Mike In WNY October 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    I fail to see how Collins’ request for a necessary budget transfer of funds amounts to “rubber stamping”. Gasoline is not going to materialize out of thin air and is hardly a luxury item. Also, whether or not you, or I, believe that the six sigma approach is worthwhile, the funding was offered from the Control Board. It is a program that is already underway, at least give him the chance to show whether or not it is beneficial. The legislature’s blockage of funds amounts to a prima facie case of partisan politics by Marinelli, et al.

  4. pirate's code October 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    @adam k. — “…but hopefully he’ll wake up and start trying now.” Now? Now he should wake up? Geezus, the guy has been asleep near the Hudson longer than Rip Van Winkle. He may be the least inspiring state legislator in WNY, which is a pretty low bar. Almost 27 years in the state leg, and a career pol since the age of 25. How has this guy made the region better?

    Yes, I know, he is the ranking minority member on the finance committee. Ranking minority member…to steal a line from M*A*S*H, that’s like being the finest ice hockey player in Ecuador.

  5. mike hudson October 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    can pundit please enlighten me on what constitutes a “firm grasp on albany issues”? the fucking place has been completely disfunctional and out of control at least since i moved to new york some 16 years ago, and i can’t say i’ve seen anyone — with the possible exception of fred dicker — who has any kind of a grasp about what even goes on there.

  6. Tuco October 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    Stachowski has never faced any stiff competition in his 12 elections, and clearly his campaign thought a 13th straight easy campaign was in the works. Stachowski won’t win by sending out a mailer or two, like he has in the past. Delano’s ads are all over tv. People remember the names Capozzi and Dejac. I think the Dems realize the level of competition, as more and more Stachowski signs are popping up on my street…there are at least triple the number that were on lawns 2 years ago.

    I used to watch Ch 4 news regularly. I don’t really miss it. Channel 2 does a good job, and even Channel 7 has seemed to turn things around. I checked out their 6pm newscast today, and was impressed with Ginger Geoffrey and the old vet Keith Radford.

  7. Kevin J. October 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for the mention, BP; I have to wonder how the tenor of the campaign would be different if the Republicans had nominated someone qualified instead of an uninformed attack rat.

    We missed you at the debate party; there was some weird rumor about you preferring to spend time on a job responsibility.

  8. hank October 9, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    No matter WHO says it, “running government like a business” is a bucket of dung, mates.

    Businesses risk personal capital to produce something saleable to either an individual or other consuming entity, and make a profit for those who took the risk.

    Government supplies supposedly “necessary” services for citizens at no cost. The capital expended to supply said services is extorted from the paychecks of the citizens through payroll, sales and property taxes.

    THERE IS NO PROFIT MOTIVE IN GOVERNMENT. No personal capital is risked, and no financial gain for those whose money was taken to provide government services.

    Regardless of Party, when someone tells you they’re going to “run government like a business”, raise the Bullshit Flag.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Ch4 on cable–that’s just silly. The profit motive CAN be taken to an extreme, which the owners of the station have moved from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  9. klossfam October 9, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    LIN Broadcasting nationally loses $750,000 PER DAY…They are a poorly run company with a lot of subpar sales people (hence the poor advertising revenues). Time Warner certainly “already charges” you for carrying free broadcast stations, but that’s WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO…I’ve sent my letter of support direct to TW…I don’t think people realize that just in Buffalo alone, LIN is looking for TWC – and ultimately the subscribers – to kick in $1.2 million per year. Doesn’t sound like a lot but $1.2 million in net revenue would take $40 million in add’l sales for a “typical” company netting 3%…TWC is doing the right thing, even if it is inconvenient…

  10. The Humanist October 9, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    LIN is pulling this extortion bullshit in Austin as well:

  11. aargghhh October 9, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    bp, can we talk abt this article?

    why is it ok for the mayor to not follow rules (and if he doesn’t why do I have to)?

    why is it ok that “most of the summons are thrown out”?

    how can a Police Deputy Commissioner, who might be a nice guy, joke about someone living next door to a house that had 43 summons for loud noise??? and what happened to the noise??

    is this a good use of police time? what about other quality of life violations, like blowing off stop signs, where they laugh at you when you call the non-emergency number to ask for help?

    not trying to minimize tall grass but I find the article way more frustrating than comforting.

  12. buffalomom October 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Six Sigma and efficiency? If Chris Collins was into efficiency and not just talking about it, he’d get the efficiency grant needed for the Parole Department software that actually works to tracks all the convicted criminals released into the community. Oh, yeah, there aren’t any buses for them to get out to Clarence to his gated community. What the hell does he care?

  13. Jibreel Riley October 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Buffalo is becoming a waist land but keep voting Democrat becuase they are doing a great F-ing job.

  14. pirate's code October 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    BP — Is “gourmet poutine” an oxymoron? Like “gourmet chicken wings”?

    Does look might tasty, though…worth finding the place next time I’m in TO.

  15. Mike In WNY October 9, 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    @buffalomom, do you have a disconnect with reality? People are fed up with being taxed to death. Our economy is in shambles, in large part due to government overspending, and all you can think about is how to take more money away from people to spend it as YOU see fit. That is the type of thinking that led to the economic mess we’re in.

    It is time for radically reduced government spending and people providing for themselves. If you want a life of luxury, earn it, if not, don’t cry to the government to take care of you.

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