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Senator Charles Schumer is urging his peers on Capitol Hill to reject the tax reform bill now under consideration, one he says will hurt the middle class as well as local governments.


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The woman accusing Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment says in a federal lawsuit that Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew and did nothing to stop it. However, the governor's office denies the allegations.

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Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.


Debate over New York State's economic development policies, and their impact on Western New York, has spread beyond an exchange between a local state lawmaker and the head of a key development agency.  A statewide government watchdog agency and the Lieutenant Governor have also offered differing points of view.


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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as Hochul told WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt in an interview, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.   


Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s election results in the state and the nation.

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Supporters of holding a Constitutional Convention to fix problems in state government say they are disappointed with the resounding defeat of the measure in Tuesday’s voting, but they say they are not giving up.


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Tolbert, who challenged incumbent Timothy Howard in the Erie County Sheriff's race, has contacted his opponent and offered his congratulations for the latter's apparent win. But Tolbert isn't conceding the race just yet.

Election 2017 offered another display of Erie County's counterintuitive voting habits. Despite a larger base of Democratic registrants, three county races went to Republicans. Those victories, however, were offset by the defeat of a GOP incumbent in the county legislature, giving Democrats majority control as of January 1. "Anything can happen here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition. "That's why it's so interesting to watch."


It took only one seat for Republicans to lose control of the Erie County Legislature Tuesday night.


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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, on his way to a second term in office, is calling his win by more than 21-thousand votes a landslide compared to other county-wide races.

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A registered Democrat running on the Republican ticket won the seat of Erie County Clerk in Tuesday’s Elections, beating out a political newcomer.


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By just two percentage points in a race that changed leads as more votes were counted, incumbent Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard claimed victory over Bernie Tolbert shortly after midnight Wednesday. However, Democratic leaders say they're not conceding this race just yet.


The ballot proposition on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention was soundly defeated in  Tuesday’s election. But a second question of whether to strip pensions from convicted lawmakers was approved.


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It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

With no major party opposition, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday's election. However, the lack of a big citywide race in Buffalo could impact Erie County races.

There are three propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections, though one has proven to be more controversial than the others.


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One of downtown Buffalo's landmarks is looking a little different, as the county has installed the equipment to turn off lights in the Rath Building for the first time in decades as the heart of county government.

Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voters whether there should be a constitutional convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts. But there are two other proposals for voters to consider.

In the movie Footloose, protagonist Ren McCormack fights against a draconian dance ban in a small town. Against all odds, students at Ren's high school end up organizing their prom and dance the night away.

People in New York City will now be able to dance the night away as well — without any legal restrictions.

Earlier this week, the New York City Council voted to repeal a 91-year-old law that banned dancing at most city public spaces that sell food or drinks.

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Reactions to the newly-unveiled House Republican tax reform plan are mixed. Local Republican representatives hail it as helpful to working families. But one local Democrat says it's deceiving to working Americans and harmful to local economic development.


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The political fallout from alleged sexual harassment by Sam Hoyt is turning into a political battle between the leaders of Erie County's two main political parties.

A new poll finds that the ballot question on whether to hold a constitutional convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.


A payment of $50,000 to an unidentified woman by Sam Hoyt, the former head of the state regional economic developmental agency, to secure a confidentiality agreement is sparking controversy. In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Bob McCarthy reviews his reporting on the matter. The timeline raises questions of whether high-level state officials were aware of the situation; and, if so, why did they not act upon it earlier?


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Congressman Tom Reed, a New York Republican who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday to send a message to the governors of New York and California: we'll do our part to lower taxes and if you're willing to do the same, we'll work with you.


Local members of Congress split by party on tax bill vote

Oct 27, 2017

Congressional Democrats in New York are criticizing a federal budget approved by the House on Thursday that paves the way for a tax reform plan that could include the elimination of the state and local deduction, or SALT.

New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.


There is some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a constitutional convention.

The heavy presence of political signs littered about Hamburg, Amherst and Lancaster reveal hotly-contested races for key positions in those towns. It's a different story in Buffalo as Primary Day essentially determined which Democrats would hold key city offices. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, those trends may boost Republicans to victory in three countywide races.


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The Federal Historic Tax Credit, which local economic development and preservation leaders say has made dozens of local projects possible, may be eliminated under the tax reform proposal put forth by the Trump Administration. Supporters of the tax credit, including one local congressman, say it's important to keep it alive.


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