Politics

60th State Senate Race
8:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates debate in 60th Senate District

Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto debated the issues in a televised event Thursday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
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Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Video: Candidates square off in sole gubernatorial debate

Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott particpated in Wednesday's debate
Eileen Elibol/WNED

Four candidate for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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Politics
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Corruption, Common Core hot topics at gubernatorial debate

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Protestors turn out for 2nd amendment rights
1:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Protestors urge alternative to fracking
1:40 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking

Protestors gather outside WBFO-WNED studios for the gubernatorial debates
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Politics
1:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo says he wanted debate in Buffalo to show commitment to WNY

Governor Cuomo talking with reporters after debate
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Outside of an after-party for his supporters, Governor Cuomo explained that he wanted last night’s gubernatorial debate to take place in Buffalo to show his commitment to Western New York. 

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Governor's Race
5:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

WNED-WBFO airs gubernatorial debate Wednesday night

WNED/WBFO will host tonight's gubernatorial debate.
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Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

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Politics
5:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy in the WBFO studio.
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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

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Politics
7:15 am
Wed October 15, 2014

McCarthy reviews local Congressional races

In sharp contrast to 2012 when Chris Collins ousted incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in a hard fought battle, the local 2014 Congressional races aren't likely to present similar drama. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the closest race may be for the seat currently held by Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Gubernatorial debate in Buffalo set for October 22

The debate will be held at the WNED|WBFO building on October 22.
Credit Eileen Elibol

Four candidates for New York governor will face off in a debate in Buffalo on Wednesday, October 22. 

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Politics
5:36 am
Wed October 8, 2014

McCarthy sifts through complex 60th Senate race

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy
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Some local labor groups are supporting Senator Mark Grisanti as he continues to campaign on the Independence Party line in the battle to retain his seat in the 60th District. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy breaks down the challenges facing Grisanti's reelection bid in his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition.

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Politics
4:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Green Party Lieutenant Governor candidate visits Buffalo

Brian Jones is the Green Party's candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Credit from Green Party website

New York's Green Party is pressing hard against Governor Cuomo from his political left as it seeks to hold its place on the election ballot."We have to return to a more progressive tax structure," said Brian Jones, the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

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Politics
5:45 am
Wed October 1, 2014

McCarthy: Perry brings key support to Astorino

An appearance by Texas Governor Rick Perry in Buffalo provided a boost to a Tuesday fundraiser for Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate in the New York gubernatorial race. "This is a significant event that took place here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during a conversation today on WBFO.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNED|WBFO to host gubernatorial debate

October's gubernatorial debate will be held at the WNED|WBFO Studios.
Credit File photo

Candidates for New York governor will face off in mid-October in a Buffalo debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO and The Buffalo News.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo: Grisanti endorsement decision 'personally difficult'

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The political situation involving Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti has been weighing on the mind of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Politics
6:15 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tensions easing between state and county Democrats

After years of little productive contact, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner appears to be on favorable terms with the Cuomo Administration. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the work of  local Democrats provided a Primary Day boost to Cuomo's running mate Kathy Hochul.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rob Ford pulls out of Toronto mayor's race due to health concerns

Rob Ford is exiting the Toronto mayoral race after an abdominal tumor was discovered this week.
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There is another twist today in the municipal election in Toronto. Scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford has quit the race, and will be replaced on the ballot by his brother. 

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Primary Elections
9:12 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul win, Stocker topples Grisanti

Kathy Hochul declares victory at Democratic Headquarters in Buffalo.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in the state's Democratic Primary Tuesday, turning back an energetic longshot bid by liberals who have criticized his pragmatic, centrist approach. 

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New York Governor
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul rally Democrats on primary eve

Governor Cuomo is flanked by Kathy Hochul and Mayor Byron Brown at Monday rally.
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A day before the primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo swept through Western New York late Monday afternoon to rally the troops and stress the importance to the region of having Kathy Hochul as lieutenant governor.

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New York Governor
10:28 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Cuomo snubs Teachout as primary draws near

Governor Andrew Cuomo snubbed his Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout at Saturday's Labor Day Parade in New York City.

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Kathy Hochul
9:39 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Hochul downplays Post report she could be dropped from Cuomo ticket

Lieutenant-Governor candidate Kathy Hochul downplayed a New York Post report Monday that says Governor Andrew Cuomo might drop Hochul from minor party lines he's running on if she loses the September 9th Democratic primary.

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Politics
5:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

A conversation with Attorney General candidate John Cahill

Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

John Cahill is the Republican candidate for New York Attorney General in this fall's election. Cahill, the former chief of staff for Governor George Pataki, is challenging Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman for one of the state's top elected offices.

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Politics
2:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Arnold re-enters Senate race, week after dropping out

Gia Arnold has resumed her state Senate campaign.
Credit File photo

The woman who just last week announced she was pulling out of a State Senate race after admitting to an extramarital affair says she is now back in.

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Politics
6:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

A conversation with Lt. Governor candidate Tim Wu

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu shared his thoughts on a number of topics with WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu was in Buffalo Thursday, touring the city's East side and meeting with members of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll: Cuomo maintains 2-to-1 lead over Astorino

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a big lead over his Republican challenger.
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The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Senate candidate exits race after admitting to affair

Gia Arnold is pulling out of her State Senate campaign.
Credit Facebook

A Niagara County State Senate candidate is pulling out of the race after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FCC commissioner voices opposition to sports blackout policy

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announces opposition to FCC sports blackout policy. Congressman Brian Higgins urges the FCC Chairman to eliminate the policy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says he’s opposed to the FCC’s sports blackout rule. Pai made the announcement alongside Congressman Brian Higgins in Buffalo Tuesday.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Court dismisses attempt to get Teachout off primary ballot

Zephyr Teachout's name will appear in next month's Democratic primary.
Credit File photo

Liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9. A Brooklyn judge Monday dismissed an attempt by Cuomo supporters to remove her from the ballot.

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Politics
8:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Schumer pushes tax-free accounts for people with disabilities

Senator Charles Schumer launches campaign for 'ABLE Act' at People Inc. in Amherst.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new piece of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate could help New Yorkers with disabilities and their families prepare for the future. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE Act, which creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities.

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