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Jeb Bush appears at Buffalo campaign fundraiser

13 hours ago
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Jeb Bush, one of more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls, appeared in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a campaign fundraiser.

Demone Smith resigns from Common Council

Jun 23, 2015
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Demone Smith has resigned as the Buffalo Common Council's Masten District representative to take another city job.

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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.

Bush could benefit from crowded GOP field

Jun 15, 2015
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A crowded field of Republican candidates could benefit Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, a local political analyst speculated.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

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Former New York Governor George Pataki is the latest Republican to enter the race for president. Pataki is  already in New Hampshire this week campaigning for votes.

Former NY governor George Pataki enters presidential race

May 28, 2015
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki is the latest Republican to get into the race for president. Pataki formally announced his candidacy late Thursday morning in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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New State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan may be from Long Island but two local senators say he has been a frequent visitor to Western New York.


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Senate Leader Dean Skelos has resigned his post over a corruption scandal and Republicans have elected Senator John Flanagan, currently chair of the Education Committee, to be his successor.

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The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.


Embattled State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is resorting to a threat to keep his leadership post.

Term limits hearing draws minimal response

May 8, 2015
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What if you hosted a public hearing on proposed term limits... and only two people showed up to speak? That's what happened in the Erie County Legislature's chambers.

Auto bureau revenue proposal draws mixed reviews

May 7, 2015
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One day after promoting the financial benefits to Erie County of completing vehicle registration renewals through local auto bureaus, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs was before the County Legislature's Economic Development Committee on Thursday to support a proposed law that would designate how those revenues would be spent.

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State Senator Robert Ortt says he will support efforts to replace Majority GOP Leader Dean Skelos when lawmakers return to Albany.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since the leader of the State Senate was charged in an extortion and bribery scheme, says if true, he finds the accusations “disturbing.”

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The leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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The annual state report on lobbying is out, and it finds that $226 million dollars was spent on influencing government leaders, with the largest amount from education groups.


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The state legislature’s Black, Hispanic and Asians Caucus is reacting events in Baltimore and is calling for swift action on a package of criminal justice reforms that have been stalled in the State Senate.

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

Cuomo lifts ban on state-sponsored travel to Indiana

Apr 4, 2015
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The ban against travel to Indiana for trips funded or sponsored by New York State has been lifted.

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

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

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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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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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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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