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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n46 (11/14/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Saving St. Ann's

The preservationist effort to save St. Ann’s made a major leap forward last week when the Common Council Legislation Committee voted unanimously to grant landmark status to the 1850s-era gothic structure.

Last Week Ed Cox, Next Week Andrew Cuomo

Next Tuesday, November 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in town for, among other things, a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown.

Water Authority Shenanigans

Thirteen years ago, the beginning of the end of Steve Pigeon’s chairmanship of the Erie County Democratic Party began with a desperate overreach: Joel Giambra had turned Republican and defeated a Democratic incumbent, Dennis Gorski; in the absence of strong central leadership, the Democratic caucus in the Erie County Legislature was growing rebellious. In an effort to shore up his power over patronage jobs and lucrative contracts, Pigeon—abetted by Chuck Swanick, then chair of the Erie County Legislature—sought to have himself appointed a commissioner to the Erie County Water Authority, replacing businessman George Hasiotis. Ironically, Pigeon had played a party in ousting a previous party chairman, Jim Sorrentino, from the authority’s board of commissioners just a few years earlier, arguing at the time that the era of powerful party bosses had come to an end.

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