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Politics
7:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Poloncarz officially announces re-election bid

At Lucarelli's in Lackawanna Tuesday, Mark Poloncarz announced his bid for re-election.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With a packed house of Democrats in the hall in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' home city of Lackawanna, the incumbent made his re-election candidacy official with a rousing call for another term Tuesday evening.

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Politics
4:29 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Party leaders plotting strategies for county races

GOP chairman Nick Langworthy announced Ray Walter as the party's county executive candidate on Saturday.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Politics
10:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Legislator Rath won't run for county executive

Republican legislator Ed Rath III has decided to not run for Erie County executive.
Credit File photo

Erie County legislator Edward Rath III is the latest Republican to announce he will not challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz in this year's county executive race.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Wanted: GOP candidate for Erie County Executive

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Top officials from Erie County's Republican Party are in the market for someone to run against the Democratic incumbent, Mark Poloncarz. Earlier this week, County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced he would not run. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw previously made his intentions clear also not run.  So who will it be and why is no one eager to run for the office?

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jacobs decides not to run for county executive

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has opted against running for county executive.
Credit File photo

Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Cuomo lifts ban on state-sponsored travel to Indiana

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit File Photo / WBFO News

The ban against travel to Indiana for trips funded or sponsored by New York State has been lifted.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Cuomo calls education most important; glad to finish father's work

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Responding to Wednesday’s early-morning passing of the New York State Budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo said reforming the state’s education system is arguably the most important responsibility of his position.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

County Exec calls dedicated road fund proposal a 'fiscal gimmick'

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs (right) and Legislator Edward Rath (left) propose law to direct Auto Bureau excess revenue to a county "Road Fund"
Credit Erie County Clerk's Office / WBFO News

Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Mychajliw won't run for County Executive seat

Stefan Mychajliw (left) next to current Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (right)
Credit File photo / WBFO News

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he will not be running for the position of County Executive.

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Reed says fed rules should lead to fracking in NYS
1:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Reed says federal rules should be reason to lift fracking ban in NY

Past anti-fracking protests in Buffalo.
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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands should be more than enough reason for Governor Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his ban on the drilling practice.

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Reed reacts to Cruz's campaign announcement
6:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Reed reacts to Cruz's campaign announcement

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas follows up his midnight tweet with a formal announcement of his candidacy at Liberty University in Virginia.
Credit NPR / WBFO News

In a Twitter post, just after midnight on Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his intention to run for president in the 2016 race.

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New study shows benefits of NY Health Act
10:08 am
Wed March 11, 2015

New study touts benefits of single-payer health care for New York; health plans disagree

Inside a hospital room in Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Research on a proposal for universal healthcare in New York says the benefits of a single-payer insurance system would reach beyond the economy. Advocates and opponents of the bill agree on that that note, but in very different ways.

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Panepinto enters into first budget process as senator

NYS Senator Marc Panepinto.
Credit WBFO News file photo

In his first encounter with New York's arcane budget process, new State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo isn't sure the entire spending plan can fall into place over the next three-weeks to be on-time. WBFO's Mike Desmond talked with the Senator.

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44th BPRA Lawmakers Legislative Weekend
11:50 am
Sun February 15, 2015

44th BPRA Lawmakers Legislative Weekend

141st State Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Credit NYS Assembly / WBFO News

Friday marked the start of the 44th annual Lawmakers Legislative Weekend for the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian members of the state assembly.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Legislators propose term limits for county offices

Five Erie County legislators are introducing a term limit proposal they hope will be on the ballot for the November election. The lawmakers claim the proposal is in response to the recent rash of unethical behavior amongst public officials in Albany.

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Thruway officials out; Hochul optimistic on ethics
10:17 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Hochul says Thruway officials no longer employed; optimistic on passage of ethics reforms

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at the Finishing Trades Institute of Western New York
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high code of ethics, and that includes officials at the State Thruway Authority.

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Politics
12:41 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie elected new Assembly speaker

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The New York state Assembly has elected Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as its speaker, making him the first African-American to lead the body. 

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle out, Heastie gains in Speaker's race

Carl Heastie appears to be in line to be the next Assembly Speaker.
Credit assembly.state.ny.us/

The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Credit New York State Assembly / WBFO News

Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Politics
9:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assemblyman Kearns: 'People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt'

NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns
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New York State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns claims "People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt" and says he has long sought the removal of the State Assembly Speaker from office. Kearns comments follow word that Silver will step down as Speaker on Monday as he faces federal corruption charges.


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Politics
1:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Coalition of area Assembly members calls on Silver to resign

Assembly members Jane Corwin, Raymond Walter, Joseph Giglio, John Ceretto, Angela Wozniak and Micheal Kearns joined together to call for Speaker Sheldon Silver's resignation.
Credit Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Federal prosecutor details charges against Silver, as Assembly Democrats close ranks

Credit File photo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Politics
11:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

Credit File photo

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

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State
3:07 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Gov. Cuomo delivers powerful eulogy for father

Gov. Andrew Cuomo with his father, Mario, on election night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a powerful 40-minute eulogy for his late father, saying the three-term governor never abandoned his beliefs even if it meant facing political consequences.

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Cuomo Inaugural
3:33 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cuomo says NY leads nation by example

Governor Cuomo delivers in inaugural address from the World Trade Center in New York City.

Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst. 

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Politics
9:34 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Higgins calls for bipartisan work in 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

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Cuomo to give inaugural addresses in NYC & Buffalo
1:51 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

Credit WBFO News file photo

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will start off the new year by delivering his second-term inaugural address, not once, but twice on New Years Day.

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US House of Representatives
4:32 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Slaughter wins close race by less than 1,000 votes

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Rep. Louise Slaughter has survived the closest race of her political career.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
7:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cuomo deflects blame for Democratic losses

Governor Cuomo surrounded by family on Election Night
Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo is deflecting blame for not doing more to get Democrats elected Tuesday.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election 2014: Bob McCarthy offers insight into last night's results

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The 2014 Election is in the books.  WBFO's Jay Moran talked with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the winners, losers and what to expect going forward.


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