Jan 2, 2017|
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We are talking now with Karl calabrese. Bowel what's going on in 2017 what the predictions are. What in the years to come has in store we touched on national politics Donald Trump. What will happen just a few minutes ago let's shift now. Locally what we can expect and there's a lots of big races this year countywide and then in the city of buffalo. Yeah it's going government says socially quite a year following the presidential year not for now for political folks like me. It's going to be very senior you've got the mayor of buffalo. I'm seeking a fourth term which is. Not unprecedented that Jimmy Griffin did it but it in this it is rare in politics for an executive to to serve. Four term so that'll be rushing to watch his questions and who will challenge Byron brown and democratic primary. So then that's going to be that's going to be a focal point. You've got to the major races in non Amherst. You're gonna open seat for town's supervisor there will be a new town supervisor and members of the script supervisor Barry Weinstein is is term limited out so he can't run again. And so be watching that race that's in the you know major. Town in terms of economic development political issues so that that's inching one and then you've got a whole number of county races you've got the entire county legislature up. The county sheriff is up the Tony controllers the county clerk is up which will be an open seat because of the election of Chris Jacobs to the state senate. So both parties right now are looking for their best candidates to put forward in an open seat that's a tough one for anybody to consider because. You're running twice and in in 365 days whoever runs in 2017. Is only running for the last year of the Jacobs term. And then his two run again in 2018 for their own four year term. So in terms of time and effort and money and on that's a that's a big order so that the bull party chairs we'll have. You don't have to make that case to somebody. And in terms of what they can do to help them get through two races in the 365 day period. Looking at the mayor's race really quickly do you expect. Democrat to run against the mayor in a primary. It could happen I I I think it's possible but not probable I think there are a lot of people looking at it but when they look at the political landscape. The strengths of the mayors' terms of his political organization his favorability rating. His political war chest. You know in the that it again in a primary it's. Its organization its grassroots organization who can get out. And the vote. A time when people are used to voting and and you know Kabila pulling teeth. Byron brown has proven to be a very effective. Grassroots. Politician. Who pays a lot of attention to that has built up a very effective organization. And every time he's been challenged boy community in any primary. His organs get organization gets his vote out and so anybody thinking about running against him. If they're gonna do it better put together a very very. Intricate and Yahoo! later. Grassroots organization or otherwise it is you're not getting any question primer. I want to bring up. Carl Paladino after the last ten days after what he said what what's in his future and twice seventeen do you think. The other young. The buffalo school board essentially punted and out and handed it off and to be the department of education and the commissioner of education to make a decision on. Does he stay or does he go on this is going to be a very inching issue watch dude do you remove. A sitting member of the school board duly elected. For making offensive comments I mean there's lots of precedent for removing. School board members who've been arrested in and convicted of crimes in. Felonies misdemeanors. This was a little different this is essentially is offensive and as reprehensible comments were. First Amendment allows you to do that and I tell my students that you be the First Amendment. Guarantees that people will say offensive things and you will be offended it's part of the system. So Lou. We've got to watch will pollute the commissioner. Remove a sitting duly elected member over very offensive comments or. Turn it back to the people to make a decision in the next school board election. You know I you know my my god is that it's not likely to happen but this is New York State in Carol building has been a very contentious. Lightning rod he also ran against the governor. And so it's it's certainly possible that could happen. It'll be dangerous thing to watch we'll talk with the New York State school boards association later this morning just about how that whole process works take Karl. And if I could just ask for your your listeners ask what precedent. There's been for a commissioner to remove someone who's not been charged with any. Misdemeanor or felony crimes essential for making offensive comments that that's the question I think. Folks need to to have answered I would take precedent. I don't think there's much is say extremely difficult to remove school board member for any reason hey before you go out pre Ferraro brought back by Donald Trump. So that means sell all of these investigations that are under way will continue on do you think. We'll see any major new ID tails and 27 has yet or I heard this lawsuits involving some Minnelli and the buffalo billion. I mean that documents there's. Millions of pages of documents just to go through will we see anything on this and 2070 in our. In terms of resolution of an unlikely given that the pace of the court system and in in the state in this country that it was a huge statement by Donald Trump to reappoint. Pre Behar. Who was appointed by Barack Obama you know it's it's customary for presidents. An end. The Department of Justice attorney general to essentially clean house and bring in a whole new team. And for Donald Trump to very early after his election. To me to prepare currency keep going that's a huge statement about how he's going to approach the issues of corruption in government. And so yeah I mean not only is is that the the cases we know about today. What other issues are gonna fall and in the future New York State whoever would have fought couple years ago. Dean skeleton and Sheldon Silver Sheldon Silver would be narrowly indicted but then convicted don't know we never know nobody ever thought that was possible yet it happened so. There could be a lot of other. Other you know people who find themselves in the cross there's a pre par. Now that he's been given the go ahead by Donald Trump. Plus all of the existing cases that are in the docket. Again I don't think given the the pace of legal system that. We're likely to see resolution of them this year but what we may see them begin to move through the process which would put them back in the headlines. And a very good stuff Carol it's gonna be a fascinating issue put it. The year has so moved thank you for asked for sharing your time thank you.