Politics http://news.wbfo.org en Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown http://news.wbfo.org/post/long-term-effects-moreland-controversy-cuomo-unknown <p>Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43866 at http://news.wbfo.org Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown Buffalo News' Bob McCarthy examines recent political departures http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-news-bob-mccarthy-examines-recent-political-departures <p>Steve Casey's resignation on Tuesday as Buffalo Deputy Mayor comes just days after George Maziarz announced he would not seek re-election to the state Senate this fall. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy says the moves will bring major changes to the local political landscape. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:14:49 +0000 Jay Moran 43633 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo News' Bob McCarthy examines recent political departures North Tonawanda Mayor Ortt running for Maziarz' Senate seat http://news.wbfo.org/post/north-tonawanda-mayor-ortt-running-maziarz-senate-seat <p>North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt announced Tuesday he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by longtime Republican senator George Maziarz. Maziarz announced Monday he will not seek re-election in the 62nd District. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:28 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 43611 at http://news.wbfo.org North Tonawanda Mayor Ortt running for Maziarz' Senate seat Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration http://news.wbfo.org/post/deputy-mayor-steve-casey-leaving-browns-administration <p>First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:09:19 +0000 Omar Fetouh & Chris Caya 43607 at http://news.wbfo.org Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt mulls run for Maziarz seat http://news.wbfo.org/post/north-tonawanda-mayor-robert-ortt-mulls-run-maziarz-seat <p>North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt says he'll make a decision soon on whether he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by George Maziarz.&nbsp; But there are already a couple of other candidates in the running. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Mark Scott 43595 at http://news.wbfo.org North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt mulls run for Maziarz seat LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile http://news.wbfo.org/post/lg-candidate-kathy-hochul-keeping-low-profile <p>Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:17:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43501 at http://news.wbfo.org LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile Schumer urges the VA to fix its medical equipment backlog http://news.wbfo.org/post/schumer-urges-va-fix-its-medical-equipment-backlog <p>Senator Charles Schumer has launched a push to clear the backlog of requests for medical equipment at VA hospitals across the New York State Wednesday. Schumer is calling on the new Veterans Administration to make wholesale changes to its equipment procurement process. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:28:07 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 43310 at http://news.wbfo.org Schumer urges the VA to fix its medical equipment backlog Toronto mayor Rob Ford back to work after rehab stint http://news.wbfo.org/post/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-back-work-after-rehab-stint <p>Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor returns to work Monday after nearly two months in rehab. Ford comes back to join a mayoral election campaign that is in full swing. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:47:16 +0000 Dan Karpenchuk 43242 at http://news.wbfo.org Toronto mayor Rob Ford back to work after rehab stint Antoine Thompson quits city job, speculation of possible political run http://news.wbfo.org/post/antoine-thompson-quits-city-job-speculation-possible-political-run <p>Former state senator Antoine Thompson may be running for a seat in the state assembly this year.&nbsp; Thompson submitted his resignation Friday to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.&nbsp; Since December of 2012 , Thompson has served as director of the Buffalo Education and Technology Center.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:26:58 +0000 Eileen Buckley 42847 at http://news.wbfo.org Antoine Thompson quits city job, speculation of possible political run Green Party gubernatorial candidate discusses plans to boost NYS economy http://news.wbfo.org/post/green-party-gubernatorial-candidate-discusses-plans-boost-nys-economy <p>The Green Party candidate for Governor says he believes he can win as the only progressive in a three-way race for governor. Howie Hawkins was in Buffalo late last week delivering the message that his plans to boost New York State’s economy that don’t include START-UP NY projects. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:59:18 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42719 at http://news.wbfo.org Green Party gubernatorial candidate discusses plans to boost NYS economy Cuomo, Hochul kick off campaign tour in Amherst http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-hochul-kick-campaign-tour-amherst <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul made their first campaign stop at the UAW union hall in Amherst Friday. Fri, 23 May 2014 22:02:49 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42387 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, Hochul kick off campaign tour in Amherst Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-hochul-accept-democratic-nomination <p><span dir="ltr">Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term <span dir="ltr">on Thursday</span> along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul. </span> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:51:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42339 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination Cuomo chooses Kathy Hochul as his running mate http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-chooses-kathy-hochul-his-running-mate <p>Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been picked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo made the announcement with a video played at the state democratic convention on Long Island, Wednesday. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:19:08 +0000 Chris Caya 42318 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo chooses Kathy Hochul as his running mate Astorino wins Republican nod for governor http://news.wbfo.org/post/astorino-wins-republican-nod-governor <p>Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:03:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42179 at http://news.wbfo.org Astorino wins Republican nod for governor New bill aims to make student loan debt more manageable http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-bill-aims-make-student-loan-debt-more-manageable <p>U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for passage of a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance student loans at a lower rate. The national student loan debt is at roughly $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt. Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:49 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42144 at http://news.wbfo.org New bill aims to make student loan debt more manageable Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list http://news.wbfo.org/post/local-names-believed-be-cuomos-running-mate-short-list <p>New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names. Thu, 08 May 2014 19:17:20 +0000 Chris Caya & Mark Wozniak 42016 at http://news.wbfo.org Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection http://news.wbfo.org/post/lt-governor-won-t-seek-reelection <p>New York State’s Lt. Governor Robert Duffy says he will not be seeking re-election. Duffy, a former Rochester mayor, told WHAM-TV in Rochester that he won’t run with Governor Andrew Cuomo.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:38:07 +0000 WBFO Newsroom & Karen DeWitt 42013 at http://news.wbfo.org Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection Niagara supervisor pleads guilty to official misconduct http://news.wbfo.org/post/niagara-supervisor-pleads-guilty-official-misconduct <p>The former supervisor in the Town of Niagara accepted a plea deal in court Monday morning. Steven Richards, 61, admitted to using town resources and equipment to benefit a family-owned business. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:23:53 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 41936 at http://news.wbfo.org Niagara supervisor pleads guilty to official misconduct Proposed bills aim to hold slumlords accountable http://news.wbfo.org/post/proposed-bills-aim-hold-slumlords-accountable <p>Two new pieces of legislation aim to protect homeowners and hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties in western New York. Fri, 02 May 2014 13:58:32 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41890 at http://news.wbfo.org Proposed bills aim to hold slumlords accountable Ford taking leave from mayor's office to deal with alcoholism http://news.wbfo.org/post/ford-taking-leave-mayors-office-deal-alcoholism <p></p><p>Another chapter is being written in the Rob Ford saga. Toronto's embattled mayor announced late Wednesday that he is taking a leave of absence to deal with alcohol abuse. Ford is stepping away from his duties as mayor and from his re-election campaign, but the question is: for how long? Thu, 01 May 2014 14:28:19 +0000 Dan Karpenchuk 41861 at http://news.wbfo.org Ford taking leave from mayor's office to deal with alcoholism Rob Ford undeterred in seeking second term as Toronto mayor http://news.wbfo.org/post/rob-ford-undeterred-seeking-second-term-toronto-mayor <p>Toronto’s controversial mayor, Rob Ford, has officially launched his campaign for re-election, despite a scandal-plagued year. The feisty mayor of Canada’s largest city is sticking with his message of keeping taxes low and fighting for the little guy. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:30:10 +0000 Dan Karpenchuk 41809 at http://news.wbfo.org Rob Ford undeterred in seeking second term as Toronto mayor Conference focuses on future storm prep http://news.wbfo.org/post/conference-focuses-future-storm-prep <p>Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41686 at http://news.wbfo.org Conference focuses on future storm prep 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 08:45:16 +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