As expected, Governor Hutchinson has filed a formal statement in the lawsuits challenging Act 1002, the ban on mask mandates in public schools and other state agencies, saying he believes the law is unconstitutional.

He repeats, through his lawyer David Matthews, the arguments he made in unsuccessfully asking the legislature to amend the law to give power to local school districts to decide their own rules. Judge Tim Fox has blocked the ban law saying it was unconstitutional. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is defending the law.

The governor got his own lawyer to stake out his position, as have

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After hearing something other than the type of praise common in the corridors of Washington, Kemp was exhausted. “You guys do this every week?” he asked one town councilman after the event, former Highway Superintendent James Connolly. “I don’t think I could ever hold a job like that.”

According to Connolly and about a dozen other people who were involved in Hamburg politics in the following decades, there was one town official who particularly thrived at that grassroots level of government: Hochul, a board member from 1994 until 2007.

“We used to call her the Energizer Bunny — she just

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