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WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

There is growing pressure on a group of breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats and form a majority to rule the Senate.

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With the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor only four weeks away, incumbent Byron Brown has a substantial lead over competitors City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

Charlottesville violence fires up "Fire Howard" advocates

Aug 14, 2017
Erie County Sheriffs Department

A White anti-racism group is going door to door Monday evening in an effort to oust Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard from office.

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The U.S. Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Donald Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Todd Gates almost met Tuesday to talk about casino revenues.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Most members of the New York State Legislature are on summer break, but Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is using the time to tour the region.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan issued a statement on Sunday, saying that he had recently been treated for an alcohol problem.

The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data about New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.


Sam Kmack, NY Now

The often-reticent New York Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise.


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A local state assemblyman is welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for an investigation into last weekend's discharge of wastewater near the base of Niagara Falls. That lawmaker is pointing his own finger directly at the Niagara Falls Water Board for an incident he says should never have happened.


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A meeting to discuss an ongoing dispute over the Seneca Nation's casino compact was, according to a local State Senator, canceled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Senator Robert Ortt is urging both sides to work out a new meeting time and reach an agreement that, he says, will restore funding that is much needed by entities in Niagara Falls.

Collins unveils SAGA Act, aims to undo Cuomo's SAFE Act

Jul 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Congressman Chris Collins says federal law can preempt state law. It is with that in mind that the Western New York Republican is introducing a bill that aims to take down Governor Andrew Cuomo's gun control legislation known as the SAFE Act.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed more details this week about how the newly named Mario Cuomo Bridge on the Thruway over the Hudson River will be financed.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first remarks since President Trump announced in a tweet that he was banning transgender people from the military, condemned the action as “terrible “and “hateful,” saying it is contrary to American values.

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New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul tells WBFO News she is "appalled" by President Trump's comment about Upstate New York. Trump made his remarks for a Wall Street Journal story. He stated people who want to work in manufacturing should leave 'upper New York' for other states to work such as Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado. 

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The Erie County Comptroller is blasting a proposal to hire a consultant that would analyze and determine feasibility of an expanded or new convention center. But his rejection of the idea is generating its own criticism.


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Almost since the beginning of American history, there have been debates about the media and the nation's leader. Even America's first president, George Washington, faced attacks from the press. In a historic site named for a president of a century ago, a local political scientist Tuesday talked of a current president and his different take on the media.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Somewhere in Buffalo parks you may soon see a huddled group like those around the outside doors of office buildings. The city will be erecting "No Smoking" signs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a series of what he calls “aggressive actions” to expand voter registration, saying he wants to “help combat low voter participation” amid “troubling” attempts by the federal government that might restrict voter access. But a nearly century-old voting rights organization said the governor did not go far enough.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as governor in 2018.


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Democrat Erin Cole does not consider herself a political person, but has been on a career track to run for political office for quite some time. The 46-year-old said the timing is now right for a run, and she intends to take on Clarence Republican Chris Collins.

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The second voter survey in two weeks shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to a near record low.


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Local political operative Michael Caputo, who previously worked in Russia and also spent time working on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, sharply denied any Russian collusion in testimony he later described as a "fishing expedition."

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Four mayoral candidates had at least one thing in common Thursday night: attacking Mayor Byron Brown. They gathered in a mayoral forum at Buffalo's Central Library.

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While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While appearing in Western New York to announce an investment using Buffalo Billion II dollars, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was asked about the largest investment from the original Buffalo Billion and when the jobs and manufacturing will get underway in the city's RiverBend section.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's medical marijuana program to include patients undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be named in honor of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor’s father. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.


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Add Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention. Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.


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Common Council members say they back inclusionary zoning, which requires new housing to set aside a certain percentage of units as affordable housing.  While most agree upon the goal, finding common ground on the specifics is proving to be more difficult.


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