Politics http://news.wbfo.org en Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-fallout-continues-cuomo <p>A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a &nbsp;panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:03:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41677 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat http://news.wbfo.org/post/cheektowaga-councilwoman-running-vacant-assembly-seat <p>The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:20:16 +0000 Omar Fetouh & Chris Caya 41521 at http://news.wbfo.org Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino http://news.wbfo.org/post/paladino-drops-bid-woo-trump-will-support-astorino <p>Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:38 +0000 Mark Scott 41504 at http://news.wbfo.org Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break http://news.wbfo.org/post/medical-marijuana-next-big-issue-after-lengthy-spring-break <p>Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. &nbsp;Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, &nbsp;but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:37:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41348 at http://news.wbfo.org Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break Poloncarz calls on IDA to address wage inequality http://news.wbfo.org/post/poloncarz-calls-ida-address-wage-inequality <p>Officials in Erie County observed National Equal Pay Day Tuesday. The symbolic day aims to draw attention to the issue of income inequality between working men and women. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:00:17 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41331 at http://news.wbfo.org Poloncarz calls on IDA to address wage inequality Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed http://news.wbfo.org/post/comptroller-opts-out-public-finance-saying-test-program-flawed <p>The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:22:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41317 at http://news.wbfo.org Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed Report shows record lobbying in NYS http://news.wbfo.org/post/report-shows-record-lobbying-nys <p>A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s&nbsp; ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government&nbsp; and policy in Albany. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41269 at http://news.wbfo.org Report shows record lobbying in NYS Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling http://news.wbfo.org/post/advocate-says-cuomo-missed-chance-counter-act-supreme-court-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York.&nbsp; Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:17:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41234 at http://news.wbfo.org Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-panel-dismantled-part-new-ethics-reform-deal <p>The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:51:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41201 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal Thousands rally against NY SAFE Act http://news.wbfo.org/post/thousands-rally-against-ny-safe-act <p>Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against gun control measures championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:54:01 +0000 Associated Press 41172 at http://news.wbfo.org Thousands rally against NY SAFE Act Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-celebrate-budget-grand-slam <p>Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:43:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41171 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam Budget includes rest of Buffalo billion and road repair funding http://news.wbfo.org/post/budget-includes-rest-buffalo-billion-and-road-repair-funding <p>The finalized state budget includes $680 million in capital funds for the so-called Buffalo Billion. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:48:00 +0000 Mark Scott 41147 at http://news.wbfo.org Budget includes rest of Buffalo billion and road repair funding Some controversy surrounds new state budget http://news.wbfo.org/post/some-controversy-surrounds-new-state-budget <p>Lawmakers were hurrying late Monday to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:00:28 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41145 at http://news.wbfo.org Some controversy surrounds new state budget Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws http://news.wbfo.org/post/comptroller-says-public-finance-plan-has-serious-flaws <p>The state’s Comptroller says test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed”, and might even be unworkable. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:19:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41143 at http://news.wbfo.org Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws Albany forum explores election reforms http://news.wbfo.org/post/albany-forum-explores-election-reforms <p>New York is behind other states when it comes to the issue of election reforms.&nbsp; A forum will be held in Albany Monday that will explore changes to make voting easier. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Mark Scott 40936 at http://news.wbfo.org Albany forum explores election reforms Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-transformational-redevelopment-niagara-falls <p>Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.&nbsp; But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:58:20 +0000 Eileen Buckley & Brian Meyer 40819 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls Trump will not run for governor http://news.wbfo.org/post/trump-will-not-run-governor <p>Donald Trump will not run for governor of New York this year. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:37:09 +0000 Mark Scott 40793 at http://news.wbfo.org Trump will not run for governor Cuomo says real budget negotiations can now begin http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-says-real-budget-negotiations-can-now-begin <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's focused on working with legislative leaders on finalizing a new state budget by the April 1st start of the new fiscal year. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Mark Scott 40770 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo says real budget negotiations can now begin Kennedy says state will help with blizzard aftermath http://news.wbfo.org/post/kennedy-says-state-will-help-blizzard-aftermath <p>New York State has declared a State of Emergency for all of Western New York and parts of northern Central New York. The action comes after the National Weather Service officially declared a Blizzard Warning in Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Monroe, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne counties. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:58:29 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40738 at http://news.wbfo.org Kennedy says state will help with blizzard aftermath House Majority Leader talks healthcare, education during stop in Amherst http://news.wbfo.org/post/house-majority-leader-talks-healthcare-education-during-stop-amherst <p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke in Amherst Monday afternoon as part of Daemen College’s new Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:51:28 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40691 at http://news.wbfo.org House Majority Leader talks healthcare, education during stop in Amherst Egriu challenging Higgins in congressional primary http://news.wbfo.org/post/egriu-challenging-higgins-congressional-primary <p>Another candidate has entered this fall's congressional race in New York's 26th District. Buffalo businessman Emin "Eddie" Egriu announced his campaign on the City's East Side Monday afternoon. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:00:01 +0000 Chris Caya 40683 at http://news.wbfo.org Egriu challenging Higgins in congressional primary Republican Astorino announces gubernatorial run http://news.wbfo.org/post/republican-astorino-announces-gubernatorial-run <p>A top Republican county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:35:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt & AP 40596 at http://news.wbfo.org Republican Astorino announces gubernatorial run Higgins says U.S. should avoid military intervention when dealing with Ukraine http://news.wbfo.org/post/higgins-says-us-should-avoid-military-intervention-when-dealing-ukraine <p>Protests in Ukraine began late last year with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets to rally against corruption and police violence in the country. Congressman Brian Higgins says the violence happening there is a complicated matter. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:00:20 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40569 at http://news.wbfo.org Higgins says U.S. should avoid military intervention when dealing with Ukraine State of the County: Poloncarz calls for ‘War on Poverty' http://news.wbfo.org/post/state-county-poloncarz-calls-war-poverty <p>In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge.&nbsp; The county executive&nbsp; delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:51:10 +0000 Mike Desmond 40484 at http://news.wbfo.org State of the County: Poloncarz calls for ‘War on Poverty' Press Pass: Investigative Post examines RINOs http://news.wbfo.org/post/press-pass-investigative-post-examines-rinos <p>We're talking about RINOs in this edition of Press Pass. <a href="http://www.investigativepost.org/">Investigative Post's</a> Jim Heaney looks at the campaign contributions made by Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Jim Ranney 40383 at http://news.wbfo.org Press Pass: Investigative Post examines RINOs Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City http://news.wbfo.org/post/mayor-brown-marks-largest-attendance-state-city <p>Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:08:39 +0000 Eileen Buckley & Chris Caya 40385 at http://news.wbfo.org Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City Congressman Collins outraged at Cuomo's free college ride for inmates http://news.wbfo.org/post/congressman-collins-outraged-cuomos-free-college-ride-inmates <p>The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp; Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:49:42 +0000 Chris Caya 40374 at http://news.wbfo.org Congressman Collins outraged at Cuomo's free college ride for inmates Cuomo defends prison college classes at Rochester appearance http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-defends-prison-college-classes-rochester-appearance <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester Thursday.&nbsp; He stopped by the Eastman Business Park to give a regional budget presentation and to announce a $3 million grant for a new Bioscience Manufacturing Center.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:51:50 +0000 Mark Scott 40366 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo defends prison college classes at Rochester appearance Call for secret Peace Bridge documents to be revealed http://news.wbfo.org/post/call-secret-peace-bridge-documents-be-revealed <p>The Buffalo Common Council could weigh in Tuesday afternoon on secret talks federal officials reportedly had about removing truck traffic from the Peace Bridge.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:09:41 +0000 Chris Caya 40050 at http://news.wbfo.org Call for secret Peace Bridge documents to be revealed Trump calls for united Republican party at local fundraiser http://news.wbfo.org/post/trump-calls-united-republican-party-local-fundraiser <p>Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has provided a preview of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:42:00 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 40009 at http://news.wbfo.org Trump calls for united Republican party at local fundraiser